In loving memory of Stasė Bogušienė

With heavy hearts we share the news that our beloved Stasė Bogušienė passed away on Sunday. She was a beautiful soul who touched so many with her generosity, humor, and spirit. We are deeply honored that we got to know and love her, and that her songs, stories and smile will live on in our film. We send our love to her family, friends, and the village she loved so much. Rest in peace, Stasiulė.

Land of Songs Stands with Standing Rock

Thanks to everyone who bought a DVD in the final weeks of 2016, we were able to give $1000 to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

Yesterday, February 7, the US Army Corps announced intent to grant final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the EIS ordered in December, as well as the congressional notification period required by law. It is a response to Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project. This is the last stand for water protectors at Standing Rock.

The Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock is calling for today, February 8, to be "an international day of emergency actions to disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism." See below for lists of actions and ways to support here.

Going forward, part of the proceeds from our DVD sales will go to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund. You can donate directly to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund here.

#NoDAPL #MniWiconi #Resist

Los Angeles Premiere

Our Los Angeles Premiere is coming up! We'll be screening with the American Cinematheque’s European Union Film Festival “Starring Europe: New Films from the EU" on Monday May 16th at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. I'll be in attendance for audience discussion following the screening. We're billed as a documentary double feature, with award-winning Bulgarian film “The Last Black Sea Pirates” screening after the audience discussion. Get you tickets here, check out our full screening info and RSVP on Facebook.

x Aldona

Chicago love!

Celebrating after the Monday night screening. Photo: Nijole Shuberg.

Celebrating after the Monday night screening. Photo: Nijole Shuberg.

Our time at the 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival was unforgettable! The Saturday night screening sold out in advance and both screenings were packed with vibrant crowds. The festival's Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin and Lithuanian Consul General Marijus Gudynas gave lovely introductions at our premiere screening, and the Vilnius Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International threw a fabulous party. Our Monday night screening featured introductions by the festival's Director of Programming Barbara Scharres, MJ Slykas of iHeartMedia's 103.5 KISS FM, and First Secretary of the Lithuanian Consulate, Laura Dilytė-Butkienė. Both screenings were followed by lively audience discussions.

Aldona and her cousins at the Monday night screening.

Aldona and her cousins at the Monday night screening.

Words cannot describe how moving it was to meet with audience members after the screenings, some of them approaching me in tears to express how much the film meant to them. The love I felt from the Chicago Lithuanian community was simply magical. Many thanks to all who came!

Aldona with Consul General Marijus Gudynas and Director of Cultural Affairs Agne Verteklaite at Grand Duke's Lithuanian Restaurant.

Aldona with Consul General Marijus Gudynas and Director of Cultural Affairs Agne Verteklaite at Grand Duke's Lithuanian Restaurant.

In other news - I'm thrilled to announce that Land of Songs will be screening with the Los Angeles European Union Film Festival in May! Details forthcoming...

And if you speak Lithuanian, check out my interview in Draugas News, and check this week's Čikagos Aidas for another interview.

x Aldona

Chicago tomorrow!

Greetings from Chicago!

There are only a few tickets left for our premiere at the 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival TOMORROW! Get yours here before they sell out. If you can't make it tomorrow,  join us on Monday! Details below. And if you speak Lithuanian, check out the interview with our director Aldona Watts in Draugas News.

Director Aldona Watts with our Chicago hosts at the Lithuanian Consulate, Consul General Marijus Gudynas and Agnė Vertelkaitė. 

Director Aldona Watts with our Chicago hosts at the Lithuanian Consulate, Consul General Marijus Gudynas and Agnė Vertelkaitė. 

Land of Songs Chicago Premiere at the 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

Where: Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N State St, Chicago, Illinois 60601

When: SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 6pm Director Aldona Watts will be present for audience discussion. The Vilnius Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International will host a reception with Lithuanian food and drink after the screening.

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 8:15pm Director Aldona Watts will be present for audience discussion.

Tickets: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/landofsongs
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1TPyQrK

 

Chicago Premiere

We're thrilled to announce our much-anticipated premiere in Chicago (aka "Little Lithuania!") March 19th & 21st with the European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Director Aldona Watts will be at both screenings in person for Q&A, and the March 19th screening will be followed by a reception with Lithuanian food and drink hosted by The Vilnius Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. Tickets & details here.