My parents bought a family video camera for us when I was 9 or 10. They weren’t at all timid about letting my brother and sister and me play with it and make movies while we ran, biked or roller bladed all over town. For that reason I started my college career as a television and video major (but then decided I just liked it a lot as a hobby).

When I moved to Indianapolis as a single lady, I had a lot of time for my hobbies so one of the first things I did was attend as many screenings of Heartland Film Festival movies as I could possibly fit into a week. Interested in taking your kids to some beautiful films? Time is running out for this year but while the festival is in full swing through Saturday, October 22nd you can still get there! Below I’ve listed some films recommended by the HFF for families with children. As far as age recommendations go, read about the film and you decide!

This one is my pick for a winner for most families! —> 25 Hill: Set against the rolling hills of a small town where once-productive oil wells pumped strong when the economy flourished, 12 year-old Trey Caldwell receives a gift from his father for Christmas – a Soap Box Derby car kit. (Screening still available on Thursday).

Little Red Wagon: Armed with just his huge, blazing spirit of philanthropy and his beat-up little red wagon, 9-year-old Zach Bonner sets out to help the 1.3 million homeless children in America, one wagon full at a time. (Screenings still available on Thursday and Friday).

Somebody’s Hero: An average guy in New York City unexpectedly foils a robbery while wearing a Man America superhero costume. (Screenings still available on Wednesday and Saturday).

These Amazing Shadows: tells the history and importance of the National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflect the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. (Screenings still available on Wednesday and Friday).

Much Ado About Nothing: The dashing Benedick and friends arrive at Messina High school just in time to rescue the mired theatrical production of Romeo and Juliet: Apocalypsis. Much Ado About Nothing is a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play with a cast and crew comprised entirely of students from East Hollywood High School in Salt Lake City. (Screenings still available on Saturday).

Tickets are $7.50 in advance or $9 at the theater. You can get a 10 pack of tickets for $75 at Marsh Supermarkets. Check the website for details about reserving a seat at a specific film.