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Bicentennial Torch Relay Documentary Wins Coveted Spot in Heartland Film Festival, Selected As Part of the Indiana Spotlight Series

INDIANAPOLIS (September 15, 2017) – “Everlasting Light: The Story of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay” has been selected for screening at the 2017 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Hoosiers can relive the memorable moments of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay with a documentary produced by the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State University, which was commissioned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD).

The relay was developed by IOTD as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. The torch traveled through 260 cities and towns across all 92 Indiana counties. The torch was carried a total of 3,226 miles by 2,242 torchbearers. The torch relay culminated at the Indiana Statehouse, where the Hoosier Homecoming celebration was held. An art sculpture titled Lux Aeterna located on Bicentennial Plaza now holds the everlasting light.

“We are honored to have the documentary selected for the film festival,” said Mark Newman, IOTD’s executive director. “Looking back on the torch relay now, nearly one year since it concluded, I continue to be amazed by the positive impact it has had on our state.  The way that it brought people and communities together has been a great reward."  

The film will screen three times during the festival:

You can purchase a DVD of the documentary here.

IOTD was recently received a Mercury award for best Public Relations Campaign for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay by the U.S. Travel Association at the 2017 ESTO conference, held in Minneapolis.

IOTD is also being honored by the Indiana Historical Society for the Bicentennial Torch Relay. It was chosen as one of the winners in the Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project category. A ceremony will be held in November.

During the five week relay, students from Ball State University worked with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development to produce daily videos, photos, articles, and social media related to the relay. The team worked the same material into the 36-minute documentary Everlasting Light.

This is the ninth honor for the film, which has won eight awards including a Gold Aurora Award, a Society of Professional Journalists award, two awards from the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters, and four Accolade Awards of Merit. In addition to the Mercury Award, the entire media project also won a Summit Emerging Media Award, and two ADDY’s.

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About Indiana Office of Tourism Development
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is directly responsible for 155,200 jobs, generates over $1.4 billion in tax receipts and contributes $11.5 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information: www.VisitIndiana.com.