2009 Heartland Film Festival

Bag It

Yes, it's another save-the-environment doc, but this one's worth it.


A harrowing, if occasionally hoary, story of a teenager’s survival and self-reliance amid demonic domesticity.

Gloria La Morte

Gloria La Morte, the co-writer and co-director of the Crystal Heart Award-winning "Entre Nos," talks about making a very personal film with partner Paola Mendoza.


Lindon and Ayverdi give great performances and this is one of the rare films that you consider yourself lucky to have seen. A truly moving piece of cinema.

“Welcome” wins Heartland’s top prize

"Welcome" wins $100,000 prize for Best Dramatic Feature; "P-Star Rising" wins $25,000 Best Documentary award; "Bicycle (Jitensha)" wins Best Short Film and $10,000.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

"Hachi: A Dog's Tale" is an unapologetic tear-jerker, and one unlikely to leave a dry eye in the house.

Free Wall

It doesn't tread much new ground thematically, but "Free Wall" is as good as any short you'll see.

Rough Aunties

"Rough Aunties" is a sobering documentary about women fighting sexual abuse in South Africa, but leans a tad heavily toward sisterly camaraderie.