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Franklin to host Heartland mini-festival

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The movies of the Heartland Film Festival don’t reel audiences in with computer-generated special effects.

Viewers won’t find bone-jarring explosions, stylized romantic comedies or far-out science fiction plots.

What they will come across are people telling stories about the good, the bad, the heartwarming and the soul-crushing aspects of our world.

And the best of those tales are coming to Johnson County.

For film lovers looking for thought-provoking human stories, Franklin will host a miniature version of the Heartland Film Festival this weekend. “The Best of the Fest” will showcase six of the top films featured during the 2013 Heartland festival.

From inspiring stories about a blind football player to a documentary about the struggles of Medora, the screenings will serve as a palate-cleansing alternative to big-budget blockbusters and cliché love stories.

“Every year, we show the best in independent film that you can’t really see anywhere else. You might have to wait a year or two to see them again,” said Tim Irwin, artistic director for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “This let’s us bring back what we think are some of the best films of the year and give people another chance to watch them.”

For once-a-year events such as the Heartland Film Festival, exposure is a major challenge, Irwin said.

For 10 days every October, moviegoers come out by the thousands to see the selections of the Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland has also hit the road, bringing select films to small independent theaters all over Indiana through its Road Show series.

But Best of the Fest is the first multiday event the film company has tried. Last year was the first time organizers conducted the mini-festival.

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