Thursday, October 23, 2014
602 Hamilton Hall
Please join the Harriman Institute for a screening of Brasslands, a feature documentary by the Meerkat Media Collective (USA).
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 common ground and musical ecstasy.
Meerkat Media Collective, Director
Directing team is made up of a team of 10 writers from the Meerkat Media Collective: Adam Pogoff, Alison Brockhouse, Bryan Chang, Dara Messinger, Eric Phillips-Horst, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, Jeff Sterrenberg, Karim Tabbaa, Sara Huneke, Zara Serabian-Arthur.
Jerry Kisslinger, performer
He received a certificate from Harriman in 1982, is founding member of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and Chief Creative Officer for Alumni and Development at Columbia University. He performs nationally for South Slavic communities and is a member of the Macedonian roots band Odglasi and Pontic Firebird, as well as a perennial faculty member of the summer Balkan music and dance workshops offered by the East European Folklife Center.
One of the film directors, Adam Pogoff, and one of the performers, Jerry Kisslinger, will be present for the Q&A discussion after the screening.
This event is organized by the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture and the East Central European Center.