Heartland Film Roadshow Screens No Ordinary Hero: The Super Deafy Movie

Indianapolis is lucky to be home to the Heartland Film Festival each fall, and home to interesting film experiences year round through the Heartland Film’s outreach programs. Heartland Film has been inspiring people through film since its inception in 1991. Through the Festival, the Truly Moving Picture Award, and outreach programs such as the Heartland Film Roadshow, Indianapolis enjoys a quality of film screenings not found elsewhere.


photo from film press kit, used with permission

This Thursday, July 10, the Heartland Roadshow presents No Ordinary Hero: the Super Deafy Movie at the Larkin Auditorium. My family was privileged to see this film last fall as part of the festival, and I encourage everyone to take the time to go see it. It was the most attended film of the festival, with additional screenings scheduled as each show sold out. It will give the hearing community new insight to what it is like to be deaf, and it’s a film that deaf individuals can easily enjoy.

What’s so special about this particular film? Well, for starters, it’s the first film ever produced and directed by deaf individuals for a Screen Actors Guild film. It was produced with Open Caption (meaning the captions cannot be turned off), which is helpful to both deaf and hearing audiences.

It’s not just the making of the film that makes it special. The story centers on a deaf boy, his family, and how he ends up becoming proud of who he is. It’s also the story of a deaf actor who plays a super hero character known as Super Deafy. As he learns of the boy’s struggles, he begins to realize that he’s not living up to his own potential or being true to himself. The story is heart-warming and funny, and it’s appropriate for all ages. Children can easily relate to Jacob, who feels different and out of place. The movie features American Sign Language, as well as speaking parts. The film is recommended for children 8 and older due to the open captioning (parts are exclusively in ASL with open captions).

The Heartland Film Roadshow is year round, and features past Heartland Film Festival films in venues around the city. In addition to the Larkin at the JCC, films are screened at the Toby in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Palladium in Carmel. A full schedule is available on the Heartland Film website (see link below).

Details for Thursday’s screening:

  • WHAT: No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie Screening
  • WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Laikin Auditorium, Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260
  • WHO: Director Troy Kotsur and Producer Hilari Scarl are scheduled to partake in a video chat Q-and-A following the screening
  • HOW: Tickets are $5 ($3 for JCC or Heartland Film members), or $15 ($9 members) for a family package of six tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by visiting bit.ly/jccfilms.

American Sign Language interpreters will be provided by Deaf Community Services for introductions and post-film discussions.

More information about the Heartland Film Festival, Roadshow and more can be found at heartlandfilm.org.