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Told through the eyes of a high school teen, this film depicts the lonely reality of studying abroad layered with the spoken and unspoken nuances communicated between a mother and son.
Pinned Down
A young hijabi battles with the prejudices of society against her headscarf as she faces an internal struggle with herself, tries to navigate romance, and deals with the realities of being a teenager in a digital age.
The Humanity Test
When Vince Kaber sits for his first Humanity Test, he’s forced to grapple with whether his trauma has deepened or stripped him of his humanity.
Girl Scout Cookies
After attempting to sell cookies on their turf, two teenagers find themselves in a battle against the League of Girl Scouts, a group of evil capitalistic pre-teens who are highly skilled in combat.
High school soon-to-be graduate is trying to choose the right path for her future and and tackles the youthful confusion alongside societal expectations.
Running the Empire
A Roman runner must deliver news of the destruction of Pompeii to the Emperor.
No Human Being is Illegal
Juan Constantino is a Dreamer who witnessed the struggles of achieving the American dream. Now he gives back to a new generation of immigrants in the revitalized Indiana city of South Bend.
Sophie and Jacob
Inspired by the true story of how my great-grandparents met and fell in love as refugees from the holocaust, Sophie and Jacob is a personal testimony of the bonds of love found in a time of unimaginable suffering.
5 Years from Water
Upon retirement, Mike Danesi's dream was to build a boat to sail across the ocean. 19 years later he's still working on it, though he believes he's only 5 years away from fulfilling his dream.
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The true story of an escapee from a Victorian Asylum who returns home to find the family she meets isn’t who she hoped for.
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Films: 091319.mov; Pinned Down; The Humanity Test; Girl Scout Cookies; Power Outage; Running the Empire; No Human Being is Illegal; Sophie and Jacob; 5 Years from Water; Beth

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High School Film Competition Category Winner: Indiana. This film will compete for the $2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Grand Prize for Best High School Film.

Juan Constantino is an immigrant in every sense of the word. Through the lens of a South Bend native and a dreamer, Juan showcases the impact immigration has had on his life and the community of South Bend. Filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, No Human Being is Illegal, explores South Bend’s Latino immigrant population and how the non-profit, La Casa de Amistad, has served the growing community.

High School: John Adams High School, South Bend, IN

In English, Spanish, with English subtitles.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and are edited for length and clarity, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Heartland Film.

Film Contact:

Samuel Villagra-Stanton


  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
    English, Spanish
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Rating
    Suitable for All Ages
  • Note
    Documentary Short
  • Director
    Samuel Villagra-Stanton
  • Screenwriter
    Samuel Villagra-Stanton
  • Producer
    Samuel Villagra-Stanton
  • Executive Producer
    Samuel Villagra-Stanton
  • Cast
    Juan Constantino, Rudy Monterrosa, Cecilia Monterrosa, Karen Hernandez, Sam Centellas