Shooting Dogs, a film based on a true story about a young teacher in a Rwandan Catholic school trying to save the children from genocide, won the $100,000 grand prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the 15th annual Crystal Heart Awards Gala, one of the highlights of the Heartland Film Festival's annual event in Indianapolis.
Heartland also announced The Hip Hop Project as the winner of the inaugural $25,000 Award for Best Documentary Feature and "Shade" as the recipient of the $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film."
Award-winning correspondent Carlos Diaz from Extra emceed the formal ceremony and special guests Jon Voight (Glory Road), Lee Meriwether (Love Boat), Judy Stewart(The Stewart Foundation) and Greg Paul (The Stewart Foundation and President of Castle Rock Entertainment) presented awards.
Heartland paid special tribute to Producer Debra Martin Chase with the Saab Pioneering Spirit Award for her creative spirit in filmmaking and for continually supporting Heartland's mission. Chase has won two Heartland Truly Moving Picture Awards for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Princess Diaries and one Crystal Heart Award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.
"Heartland is thrilled to honor its long-time friend, Debra Martin Chase, with the Saab Pioneering Spirit Award," said Jeffrey L. Sparks, president and CEO of Heartland Film Festival. "We thank Debra for her dedication to making films that enrich lives and for inspiring young filmmakers and Hollywood to follow in her footsteps."
During the program, Heartland honored 17 dramatic and documentary ...1
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