‘The Prom’ earns Heartland Film award


“The Prom,” a new Netflix film, was named the recipient of Heartland Film’s Truly Moving Picture Award on Dec. 11, the same day it was released. Since 2010, the Moving Picture Award has honored nearly 200 studio-released films and serves as a curatorial standard – assisting moviegoers in identifying impactful films that do more than just entertain.

“The Prom” was directed by Ryan Murphy, an Indianapolis native, and stars Meryl Streep, James Cordon, Nicole Kidman, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose and Keegan-Michael Key.

“The Prom,” a film adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical, is about down-on-their-luck Broadway stars who shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend.

“We believe films have the ability to inspire and change perspectives, and we’re honored to present the Truly Moving Picture Award to ‘The Prom,’” Heartland Film Artistic Director Greg Sorvig stated. “The ensemble cast, humor and message of acceptance and discovery make it a perfect movie for this moment.”

Thanks to a partnership with Netflix and Heartland Film, a group of 150 high school students, comprised of central Indiana students and national high school filmmakers featured in last July’s High School Film Competition program at Heartland Film’s Indy Shorts, will get to meet rising stars DeBose (original Broadway cast of “Hamilton” and “West Side Story,” 2021) and Pellman (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” 2017) in a live virtual Q&A Dec. 17. Students have been invited from Carmel High School, Civic Theatre’s Youth Artists Program, the Great American Songbook Foundation and filmmakers from the Indy Shorts International Film Festival’s High School Film Competition.

“Ariana DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman are young stars setting the industry on fire, and we’re proud to partner with Netflix to offer Indy theater and filmmaking students an inspiring, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Heartland Film President Craig Prater said. “This program is a perfect representation of Heartland Film’s vision as the pre-eminent destination for connecting audiences and filmmakers to experience the transformative power of film.”

For more about Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award or the Indy Shorts High School Competition, visit heartlandfilm.org.


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