Hachi: A Dog’s Tale received the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award, further spreading the love, loyalty, and recognition of Hachi and his legacy. The story of Hachiko and his loyalty is one that never dies. This is proof of that.
To start the festive, memorable event of Hachi receiving the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award, a driver greeted me at the airport with a huge limousine. Little did I know just how impactful this would be for me and even Hachi’s legacy.
All details were covered and attended to beautifully – the flight, hotel, and warm assistance with every detail of my stay. Whisked into a reception upon arriving, every day was packed with events! I even participated in my first live TV morning show interview.
I was so nervous, I can barely even recall doing it.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Screening Event
The day of the Hachi: A Dog’s Tale screening, there were two events – one a small cocktail hour with the major screening donors, following by a larger pre-screening reception where I gave a few words on stage after being introduced by the program director, Jeffrey Sparks.
The screening was held in a gorgeous old theatre with tiers of balcony seating, too. After another introduction, I introduced the film that would change the hearts of those waiting to watch.
Then Hachi screened.
The Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award Granted
After, I participated in a q&a on stage. I recall the audience was dark, the footlights flooded my spot on the stage. Not being able to see the large audience, I relaxed and actually was very animated talking about my favorite topic: Hachi!
I shocked myself.
I’m the girl who froze up in my high school drama class and completely blanked out on my lines. Total white out. I even dropped the class.
But there I was, talking everyone’s ears off – in the best way, of course.
A reception for all invitees followed with the screening, and I was overwhelmed (though not surprised) with the emotional affection people had for Hachi.
Later, an usher told me one lady left the theatre crying so hard, that she dropped tissues along the lobby!
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale was the recipient of the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award. The award was presented to me by the president of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, Jeffrey Sparks.
Heartland’s Mission and Hachi’s Recognition
Heartland’s mission is to recognize films and filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life.
These award-winning films are made up of moments that are emotional and inspiring, causing you to look at your life from a different perspective and be inspired to take action.
These are the factors that keep the film and its message in our hearts, long after we have left the theater.
The 18th annual Heartland Film Festival opened with the screening of “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” at The Murat Centre. The ten-day line up of films and special events took place on October 15-24, 2009 with 87 different films around the world brought to Indianapolis.
“We believe that one film can move us to laughter, to tears or to make a difference. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a film that demonstrates that One Film Can.”