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Second showing of Dan Wheldon documentary "The Lionheart" set for Heartland International Film Festival

Opening night show sells out, second show added
Posted at 2:15 PM, Sep 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-21 14:47:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The trio of films planned to receive a highlighted place within the 32nd edition of the Heartland International Film Festival have been unveiled.

Opening night of the festival, which runs October 5 - 15, will feature "The Lionheart".

"The Lionheart" begins by examining the crash that took 2-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon's life and then catches up with his sons Sebastian and Oliver as they embark on their own journeys into motorsports.

Director Laura Brownson along with Susie and Sebastian Wheldon are scheduled to attend the debut showing at the festival.

Dan Wheldon in one of the worst crashes in Indycar history, which shook motorsports to its core. It then moves ahead 10 years to find Dan’s two boys, Sebastian and Oliver, following in their father’s footsteps as they work through their loss the only way they know how: getting behind the wheel to race.

NOTE: The opening night showing of "The Lionheart" has sold out as of Sept. 21. A second showing has been added on October 14 at Newfields.

On October 11, the Centerpiece showing of the festival will be Netflix's "Rustin".

“Rustin” shines a spotlight on Bayard Rustin (Colman Domingo), who, alongside giants like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ella Baker, dare to imagine a different world and inspire a movement in a march toward freedom.

On October 15, the closing night film will be "The Holdovers".

In "The Holdovers", an instructor at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go, eventually forming an unlikely bond with one of them.

The film features Paul Giamatti as the instructor.

On September 15, the entire festival schedule will be revealed, and individual tickets will be available to purchase.