Saved - Escape From Kim's Regime | Film Poster | Hero Film Festival & Awards |

Saved - Escape from Kim's Regime

Elisabeth "Thea" Haavet discusses her film Saved - Escape from Kim's Regime with HFFA's Nicholas Crawford. In a continually unfolding story deserving international focus, Haavet draws upon two decades' experience as a witness to refugee plight as a voice for North Koreans traveling the modern underground railroad to hopeful freedom.

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The Evil I've Seen

Filmmaker Justin T. Bowler answers Nicholas Crawford's questions about his Western narrative The Evil I've Seen. In the film, a gold-seeker, priest, gambler and cowboy convene over campfire as a testament that heroes are not necessarily born, but made out of necessity.

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Out of the Woods

Nicholas Crawford of HFFA talks to Tyler Jones about his short film Out of the Woods. This engaging story humanizes Bigfoot as a social anxiety sufferer, also lending a voice to the millions of people who live with the same disorder.

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Fraser Syndrome & Me

HFFA's Nicholas Crawford talks to Filmmaker Kyle Ann Grendys about her upcoming film Fraser Syndrome & Me. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Grendys meets her life challenges head-on, just as she takes on the filmmaking process.

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You're Going to Ruin His Life

Filmmaker Lauren James answers HFFA's Nicholas Crawford's questions about the creative process behind You're Going to Ruin His Life, as well as the inspiration for this provocative experimental short film. Both timely and edgy, the film packs a lot of punch in its time on screen.

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Film poster from The Tortoise Whisperer. | © Peripheral Vistas | Used with permission

The Tortoise Whisperer

For the first week of July 2019, HFFA's Nicholas Crawford spotlights an inspiring documentary short film by Chuck Coleman of Peripheral Vistas Productions. The film portrays subject Kevin Proulx and his care of endangered California tortoises.

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"Ōnda" | © Lohengrin Productions | Hero Film Festival and Awards Spotlight


Once again, Hero Film Festival & Awards' Nicholas Crawford writes about one of the submitted films of HFFA's quarterly competition, Ōnda. This narrative short film focuses on the issue of veteran suicide in response to the filmmaker's own untimely loss of a friend and coworker.

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When All That's Left Is Love

This week we spotlight filmmaker Eric Gordon's poignant documentary portrait of a family providing care for their loved one with Alzheimer's disease, When All That's Left Is Love. But these people are not just the subjects of his film. They are his own parents.

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The Elephant in the Room

Written by Bonnie Freeman, who sadly passed away before the film's completion, The Elephant in the Room is a narrative feature film exploring multiple sides of palliative care relationships.

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