How to ruin a Heartland film

The Heartland Film Festival opens this week with some outstanding films.

And
if you want some of them ruined for you, take a look at the trailers on the Heartland Film Festival site.

This is no fault of HFF, but an ongoing problem with film marketers who insist on giving away crucial plot points and
climactic details. The worst violator is I’ve seen is actually my favorite
film of the fest that I’ve screened so far: "After the Storm."

Its trailer reveals two
very crucial, cathartic moments in this outstanding documentary, so please please please, DON’T watch the
trailer before seeing the film. If the trailer happens to be shown in a theater near
you, you are forgiven if you muff your ears, close your eyes and repeat "la-la-la" until it’s over.

For more IBJ Best of the Fest picks — and reviews of the rest–check out IBJ’s exclusive Heartland Film Festival guide,
which will be updated throughout the fest. Visit www.ibj.com/arts.

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