Heartland Film Staff

Frank Basile

Frank Basile – Interim President

Frank was named interim president of Heartland Film by the organization’s board of directors in late 2015.

Basile was senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Co. for 33 years before retiring in 2008. He has been an active community volunteer, having served on many not-for-profit boards through the years. In 2011-12 he served as interim CEO and president of the Center for the Performing Arts. He is a professional speaker, author and columnist.


Michael Ault

Michael Ault – Vice President of Development

Michael leads Heartland Film's development strategy and sponsor/donor relationships.

Passionate about the Central Indiana community, Michael teaches a Nonprofit Volunteer and Management Class at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), serves on the board for Teachers’ Treasures and Camp Saturday – The People’s Burn Foundation, and volunteers for a myriad of causes, including Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Indianapolis Meridian Kessler Home Tour, Rock for Hope, the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and more. Michael previously worked at Methodist Health Foundation and is a graduate of Ball State University with a Certificate in Fundraising Management from IUPUI.

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Adam Howell

Adam Howell – Director of Operations

Adam is responsible for running all the behind-the-scenes operations at the Heartland Film Festival and Heartland Film Roadshow events. This includes planning logistics, event management, technical production, quality control, vendor liaison and more.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from Anderson University. Outside of working with Heartland Film, Adam has worked at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, managed production for three Anderson University chorale tours across the country, and still performs in a vocal group that has performed more than 600 concerts across the country.

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Tim Irwin

Tim Irwin – Artistic Director

Tim is ultimately responsible for deciding which films are programmed, and which are not. Tim’s primary responsibility in this role is to work with teams of interns, volunteer screeners and programmers to thoroughly watch, review and evaluate each and every submission to the Heartland Film Festival, and ultimately choose the best films that align with Heartland’s mission. Tim also oversees the Truly Moving Picture Award program and the films shown at Heartland Film Roadshow screenings and First Fridays.

Tim grew up overseas, and retains a special interest in international affairs (and films!). With a degree in philosophy from Purdue University, Tim enjoys critically analyzing a wide variety of films and other media. He has corporate experience in the business to business copier sales world, and is glad to no longer worry about sales quotas.

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Greg Sorvig

Greg Sorvig – Director of Marketing & PR

Greg is responsible for Heartland Film’s public relations, communications and marketing efforts, acting as Heartland Film’s media liaison with major studios, national and local outlets. Greg oversees the organization’s overall marketing strategy, writing, website, promotion, social media and graphic design.

Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Culture (with Honors) at Indiana University and has previously worked for Fortune 100s, including The Walt Disney Company, and nonprofits. Active in the community, Greg is a “Big Brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana program and has chaired nonprofit fundraising events for Foundation Fighting Blindness. And just to prove he doesn’t take himself too seriously, Greg has been both a finalist on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and a stand-up comedy open mic champion.

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Susan Frenzel

Susan Frenzel – Volunteer Manager

Heartland Film’s point of contact for its passionate core of 1,200+ volunteers, Susan manages volunteer support for year-round programming and events, including the Heartland Film Festival. Susan also assists in development and major gifts.

Also an active member of the Heartland Film Board of Directors, Susan has been a driving supporter of Heartland Film for years.

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Charles Baines

Charles Baines – Operations Manager

Charles runs Heartland Film Roadshow screenings, manages video production projects and assists with various operations tasks.

Charles received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Anderson University. With an affinity for music and movies, Charles is especially skilled in the realm of video editing and event production. He is also a guitar player and lover of sports and comic books.

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Yarguiry Ferrer

Yarquiry Ferrer – Bookkeeper & Office Coordinator

Yarquiry is responsible for Heartland Film’s bookkeeping, financial reporting and office upkeep. Additionally, Yarquiry is known as the smiling face behind the front desk at Heartland Film’s office in Fountain Square.

Originally from the New York, Yarquiry moved to Indianapolis in 2013. Yarquiry earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Alfred University and, outside of work, is busy starting a local Girl Scout troop.

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Jackie Jones

Jaclyn Jones – Artistic Coordinator

Jackie works with Heartland Film’s artistic director to streamline the Heartland Film Festival submissions process, which includes film research, print traffic, screening committees, filmmaker communication and more. Additionally, Jackie helps manage film programming interns and other programs, including the Truly Moving Picture Award.

Before working for Heartland Film full time, Jackie earned her stripes as a two-time film programming intern and a seasonal programming assistant/print traffic coordinator the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Sarah Silcox

Sarah Silcox – Marketing Coordinator

Sarah works with the marketing director to promote the Heartland Film brand using social media, design, writing, public relations and various marketing strategies. Additionally, Sarah is responsible for adding new and compelling content to Heartland Film’s website, blog and social media channels.

An avid lover of multimedia storytelling, Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Indiana University. Before working at Heartland Film, Sarah held internships with NBCUniversal, KCETLink-Los Angeles and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington, Indiana. Sarah is a film and television addict who also loves writing essays, reading and working on her own creative projects.

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Abby Specht

Abby Specht – Programming & Patron Services Coordinator

Abby works with Heartland Film’s president and board of directors on special projects throughout the year. Additionally, Abby helps manage First Friday events at Heartland Film’s office in Fountain Square.

Before working for Heartland Film full time, Abby paid her dues as a film programming intern and a seasonal marketing assistant for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Abby earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Biology Sciences from Indiana University.

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