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     One of the top short film festivals in the country has named “Rosie’s Rescue” an Official Selection for 2021.      
     The Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film, Indianapolis, is the largest short-film festival in the Midwest, and one of only 34 festivals worldwide that is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. 
     “Rosie’s Rescue” is a moving and beautiful film that has already won a number of film festival awards around the world. It was shot on location in Henry County and released in fall 2020. There were 3300 submissions to Indy Shorts, but only 200 films were selected. Some of the selected films were then chosen for the additional honor of a live in-person screening at the festival, and “Rosie’s Rescue” will be presented at 7 p.m. on July 22 at Living Room Theaters in Indianapolis.       The evening’s program includes a Q & A with the filmmakers, including the director and cast. In the family-friendly film, Rosie embarks on a quest to find the mysterious man who saved her life as a child, hoping it will lead to the answers she seeks. 
     Tia Link, a New York-trained actress, plays the title role. Other leads are played by Eric Olson, Sherryl Despres, Molly Garner, and Charity Dehmer. All are seasoned veterans of stage and screen, with acting experience that covers everything from movies to New York theatre to major national tours. Nine-year-old Addy Farrell and four-year-old Allie Stacy, both Indiana based, have scene-stealing roles as well. 
     "I am over the moon," Link told The Middletown News about the film being an official selection for the Indy Shorts International Film Festival. 
     "We submitted to a select number of festivals and this was one of my favorites," Link satid. "It's got a very good reputation and it's also, obviously, here in Indiana. We'll be able to see it on the big screen here and share that with people, so it's very exciting to get into such a prestigious festival and to have that be happening in the state where it was made."
     "There's only a handful of festivals that are considered 'Oscar qualifying' and this is one of them," Link added. "There's a lot of great films that have been selected and there are no guarantees. But it's just exciting to even be in a festival that might be qualifying for those bigger awards."
     "I am super excited," said "Rosie's Rescue" writer/director Terry Weston Marsh. "Probably the most meaningful (festival) to me is the Heartland Film Festival. Not just because I'm from Indiana and it's an Indiana festival, but it really is a long-running very well thought of festival that is well run and well organized. I just felt really honored that they included our movie in the festival."
    “We hope this will allow more film lovers to enjoy the story of Rosie’s journey,” Marsh said. "I'm hoping that with the credentials of "Rosie's Rescue" that we can attract some funding for a feature length movie, which I'd like to do next"
     If the film should win in the Narrative Short category, it would automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar nomination. The awards ceremony is July 23 at the Indianapolis Art Center. 
     To learn more, visit, @rosiesrescuemovie, and

-- Eldon Pitts @ Middletown News

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