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BRASSLANDS



United States, 2013, HD - Color - 84

DIRECTED BY:
Meerkat Media Collective

EDITING:
Bryan Chang, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg

MUSIC:
Don Godwin, Mitchell Yoshida

SOUND:
Adam Pogoff

PRODUCER:
Adam Pogoff, Bryan Chang

WORLD SALES:
Rise and Shine

STORY DESCRIPTION:

A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Gu?a, 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 Gu?a. 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.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

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 Magazine, and The New York Times.

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