The 25th Heartland Film Festival Anniversary begins Oct. 20 with the opening-night film, The Book of Love. The red-carpet event will include actors Jessica Biel and Richard Robichaux, along with producer Melissa Purple.

On Oct. 21, the excitement continues with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, where VIP guests will be greeted on the red carpet while having the opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and celebrities (including actor Brain Dennehy, who will be honored with Heartland Film’s Pioneering Spirit Lifetime Achievement Award).

The prestigious,10-day festival will include films from all over the world with special events throughout the week, including several U.S. and world premieres. Below is a list of special events that film enthusiasts are invited to attend:

  • October 20: Opening Night Film — The Book of Love
  • October 21: 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • October 29: Awards Party
  • October 30: Filmmakers Brunch
  • October 30: Closing Night Film — Josephine

AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 will screen films with the Premiere Pavilion at AMC Castleton set for the parties and most special events. Come join “Where’s Amy” on the red carpet and experience films that engage, educate, inspire, and challenge audiences of all ages. Not sure what to see? Here are four films you should not miss, and for a twist, these picks all have Indiana ties.”Where’s Amy” can’t wait to see you at the movies!

New Life  (U.S. premiere)

Ben met Ava at age seven standing in his driveway. As the two journey together through the seasons of life, a tragedy occurs that leaves their entire future in jeopardy. Note: 95% of this film was shot in Indiana.

Talent Schedule to Attend:
Director/Writer, Drew Waters
Actress, Erin Bethea
Other cast and crew

Be prepared to laugh, cry and have a new outlook on family and life.

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A Year by the Sea  (U.S. premiere)

Hoping to reclaim who she was before becoming a wife and mother, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free.

Talent Scheduled to Attend:
Carmel native and producer, Laura Goodenow
Writer/Director/Composer, Alexander Janko
Actress, Karen Allen

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Reengineering Sam  (U.S. premiere)

Sam Schmidt lived out his boyhood dream as an IndyCar racer, winning races and earning the title of IndyCar “Rookie of the Year” along the way. That dream came to an abrupt end when Sam crashed into a wall at 200 miles per hour, leaving him quadriplegic. Sam’s accident rendered him physically helpless until a dedicated group of some of the brightest minds today stepped up to build him a car that he could drive using only his head. Reengineering Sam chronicles Sam Schmidt’s inspirational road back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and shows the promise of freedom and mobility for almost anyone confined to a wheelchair.

Talent Scheduled to Attend:
Director Brian Malone
Focus of film, Sam Schmidt

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Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past (Official selection)

Bandleader Vince Giordano keeps the Jazz Age alive with his 11-member band The Nighthawks using vintage, musical instruments, and a collection of more that 60,000 original arrangements from the ’20s and ’30s.

Talent Scheduled to Attend:
Focus of film, Vince Giordano
Director/Writer/Producer, Amber Edwards

Note: The film’s promotional partner is The Great American Songbook Foundation.

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For ticket information, visit heartlandfilm.org/festival.