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Local Filmmaker’s movie True to the Heart makes its theatrical debut in Indianapolis

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Fishers, IN (September 14, 2012) True to the Heart, an independent romantic comedy, will have its theatrical premiere in Indianapolis on October 5th. The film was produced and co-­‐written by Fishers resident, Byron Stankus. The movie also includes original music by Indianapolis musician Danny Thompson from Bigger than Elvis and was supported by Executive Producers Clark Crosser of Noblesville and Derrick Bye from Carmel.

True to the Heart begins when a cocky rock guitarist/singer, Drew Taylor is reviewed by sharp witted music critic, Kaitlyn Rose. After trashing his performance in her latest review, Drew’s career is left in shambles. Months later, Drew’s manager hires an “Image Consultant” to try to revive his reputation. The new hire turns out to be Kaitlyn  whose career climbing has brought her to the public relations business. The two spirited individuals are now forced to work together despite their animosity towards each other.

Although it is a small movie with an approximate budget of fifty thousand dollars, the film has already had success.

“We knew we couldn’t afford big name actors,” said the film’s co-­‐writer and producer Byron Stankus. “But we wanted to make the best film we could with the resources we had. And to make a movie that audiences would enjoy.”

True to the Heart garnered four awards at the Long Island International Film Expo (L.I.I.F.E.) in July 2011, including Best First Feature, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. It was also the only movie to sell out at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City last November.

The film’s co-­‐writer and director Mitchell Kase, who was also nominated for a Best Director award at L.I.I.F.E., comments that “This film is coming out at a time when people are looking for positive experiences, experiences that will make them laugh and feel good.” He adds, “It’s always very rewarding when you can put a smile on someone’s face.”

The movie focuses heavily on music and employed a number of different collaborators. Danny Thompson wrote original pieces for the movie (in collaboration with the film’s writers) and also leant one of his previously written songs. Alex Jules, who is based out of New York City, was brought on to compose the film’s score. And Stankus’ two half brothers  Gregor and Lucas Patsch  were also employed by the production to write and perform songs for the film.

“It’s was cool to have so many people contribute so positively to a film and make something great.” Stankus said. “That’s what movie making is all about, the collaborative process. I love it.”

Traditionally, a film is premiered in L.A. or New York, but in this case, because of its connections to Indy, it is being premiered here. The following week it will be showing in New York and New Jersey. True to the Heart opens at the IMAX at the Indiana State Museum, beginning Friday, October 5th.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 10:51  

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