Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has bestowed its first Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) of 2013 to Warner Bros. Pictures’/Legendary Pictures’ release “42”, the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey’s fight against injustice in the world of professional baseball.
Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama, starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”).
“’42’ is one of those rare films that received a unanimous ‘Yes’ vote from our Truly Moving Picture Award jury,” explained Heartland’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Jurors felt that ‘42’ is a great representative of the Award’s criteria: audiences will be inspired by Jackie’s story, about a real-life hero and role model that audiences don’t often see in film. One juror was especially impressed by the film’s juxtaposition of the best and worst of humanity; ‘42’ is an inspiring, engaging example that the best humanity has to offer can overcome the worst. We are proud to honor ‘42’ with the Truly Moving Picture Award.”
The TMPA honors select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment: awarded films inspire, educate and engage audiences and filmmakers alike. Heartland bestows the TMPA to approximately 15-20 films a year that impact their targeted audiences in a meaningful way. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.
“42” will open wide April 12.
?Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow. This film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements including language.
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.5 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal.