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A number of films are headed our way, many of them screening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (4000 N. Michigan Road). On Thursday, September 9, “Beyond the American Dream: The Life of Millard Fuller” makes its way to The Toby at 8:00 p.m. The late Fuller was the founder of Habitat for Humanity, which he and his wife led for 29 years before being fired. They then founded a similar organization, the Fuller Center for Housing. Fuller passed away in 2009; the center continues under his wife’s direction. Contact Marisa Zukerman at 773-710-7805 or marisazukerman@yahoo.com for more information about the documentary or view the trailer at www.millardfullermovie.com.

On September 25, the Campecine Film Festival will screen at The Toby from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The short films are made by Latino/a youth and cover contemporary social issues. Discussions follow the films. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 317-920-2660 for more information and check out the video at the end of this post.

“A Small Act” will screen on September 30 at 7:00 p.m. In the 1980s, a Swedish woman named Hilde Back sponsored an impoverished Kenyan student, Chris Mburu, never expecting to meet him. Mburu graduated from Harvard and became a human rights lawyer for the United Nations, dedicating his life to battling genocide. The film, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, documents the emotional meeting between Mburu and Back. A discussion will follow the film, which will be shown at The Toby for $9 (public), $5 (IMA members), or free to IUPUI students with ID. Learn more at www.asmallact.com.

In October and November, respectively, the Heartland Film Festival and the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival will return. Heartland’s films, which include independent features, documentaries, and short films from around the world, will be screened at AMC Castleton Square 14 (6020 East 82nd Street) and the AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17 (4325 South Meridian Street). This year’s lineup of special events and films will be announced on September 23 and tickets will go on sale September 24. For additional information, visit www.heartlandfilmfestival.org. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will co-host the LGBT Festival, Indy’s 10th annual foray into queer cinema with a line-up of more than 30 films. The premiere film, “Violet Tendencies,” stars Mindy Cohn from “The Facts of Life.” Visit http://www.violettendenciesmovie.com for a film trailer that is a smidge racy if you’re reading this at work (which, of course, you’re not) and check out http://www.indylgbtfilmfest.com in the coming weeks for the rest of the film schedule.

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