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.
We're thrilled to announce that this weekend Land of Songs kicks off a mini tour with screenings in Scotland, Wales and England! A few screenings will feature live performances by folk groups and Q&A with director Aldona Watts. More info & tickets here.
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.
We're thrilled to announce our UK premiere at the Chagford Film Festival this month! Very honored to be included in the festival's Highlights out of a program packed with fabulous films and events. Get your tickets here.
The American Cinematheque's European Film Fest opened on Thursday night with a beautiful party at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Our screening is tomorrow night! Get your last minute tickets here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 300 people came to see Land of Songs last night! It was the most popular screening of Stanford's 2015 Baltic Film Series, and Stanford Libraries' biggest film event to date. Deepest thanks to all who came.
The event opened with a reception co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Lithuania in Los Angeles and the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in San Francisco. The audience was fabulous throughout the screening, and the Q&A was one of the most lively and in-depth we've experienced.
A full report on the event via Stanford Libraries can be found here.
News about future screenings coming soon. Until then, happy holidays and warm wishes for the new year from the Land of Songs family.