Music and Film Festival: BRASSLANDS

| 2013 | 84 Mins | | ,
Meerkat Media Collective

Saturday June 28, 2014

$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Meerkat Media Collective

An eccentric New York brass band, a virtuosic group of struggling Roma Gypsies, and reigning Serbian champions converge with half a million fans and transcend political and ethnic borders at the world’s l!argest trumpet festival in Guča, Serbia.!

A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for c!ommon ground and musical ecstasy.

BRASSLANDS trumpet madness-1 (dragged)-1 (dragged)


Meerkat Media Collective is a New York-based self-organized community of makers committed to creating artful and thought-provoking films through a non-hierarchical collaborative process. Inspired by the communal nature of meerkats, they value shared authorship, consensus process, and an ensemble based approach to media making. Over the past eight years, they have produced two independent feature documentaries, a narrative feature, and over a dozen award-winning short films that have played around the world. The Meerkats behind Brasslands have worked on Oscar-nominated documentaries, had work premiere at Sundance, and broadcast on HBO, PBS, ESPN, TIME M!agazine, and The New York Times.

BRASSLANDS Demiran Cerimovic-1 (dragged)

""Brasslands" is a fascinating look at this infectious and addictive for mof music, so filled with life from a country that has seen its fair share of death, sadness and war." -IndieWIRE, Katie Walsh“There is sure to be dancing in the aisles”

“There is sure to be dancing in the aisles” - New York Times, Anne Mancuso

“A celebration of the human spirit amid adversity.” Christian Science Monitor - 'Top Arts Pick'

“An outstanding film” -WBEX -Chicago

"As an introduction to the music, it’s fascinating...The documentary is beautifully filmed, funny and insightful”
 -New York Music Daily, Alan Young

“"Brasslands,” a beautifully shot documentary about the wildly energetic, high-spirited brass bands of the Balkans.” -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mike Machosky

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