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Richard Chats with Legendary Director Rob Reiner
Richard Chats with Legendary Director Rob Reiner

"LBJ" Director Rob Reiner

Director Rob Reiner returned to Heartland Film Festival for the opening night screening of his new film “LBJ” (Electric Entertainment) on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and received Heartland Film’s Pioneering Spirit: Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Reiner has directed such classic films as When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, Misery, and a host of others. A Heartland Film Fest veteran whose Flipped premiered at the fest, Reiner has long been one of Hollywood's beloved actors and directors.


Richard Talks with Eve Annenberg, Star of "From Hollywood to Rose"

It only takes a few minutes into a conversation with indie writer/director/actress Eve Annenberg has an almost insatiable tribal spirit, a spirit that comes to life in nearly every aspect of her infinitely interesting life on camera, behind the camera and, yeah, even in her everyday life. 

Read Richard's Interview with Eve Annenberg

Richard Chats with Surf Pro Bethany Hamilton
Richard Chats with Surf Pro Bethany Hamilton

The subject of the acclaimed film "Soul Surfer," Hamilton won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete and the Courage Teen Choice Award. That same year, she authored her first best-selling book "Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board," following that up with a 2007 short doc titled "Heart of a Soul Surfer." She's appeared in a variety of television shows ranging from your usual talk shows to such shows as "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and she and her husband finished third during the 25th season of "The Amazing Race." Hamilton also made an appearance as herself in the 2014 film "Dolphin Tale 2.". 


    The 50/50 x 2020 Pledge

    The Independent Critic is proud to support Indy-based Heartland Film by committing to the 50/50 x 2020 Pledge - By the end of the year 2020, The Independent Critic will achieve gender parity in its reviews of both shorts and feature films. Furthermore, The Independent Critic also pledges support for the Ruderman Family Foundation's call for authentic representation of people with disabilities in film and actively commits to leverage its journalistic influence to effect genuine change in the film industry by calling for and actively promoting authentic and inclusive casting and hiring of people with disabilities.

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