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, 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 collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy. (Best Feature Documentary - Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, Official Selection: Rotterdam Film Festival)

Brasslands premiere screening on June 13 is accompanied by What Cheer?, a short film telling the story of Stan (Richard Kind). After the sudden passing of his wife, Stan finds himself in a state of shock. He tries to ignore his pain but finds himself followed by inescapable grief, or rather, followed by the inescapable What Cheer Brigade, drowning out his world with boisterous, ear-numbing song. (Best of New York - NY Shorts Fest, Black Bear Award for Best Use of Sound - Athens Int'l Film and Video Festival 2014, Official Selection: Kansas City Filmfest, LA Comedy Fest)

After the screenings, join the What Cheer? Brigade's for their 9th Birthday Bash!

The fun begins at 9:15 with a parade from the Cable Car (204 S. Main Street) to Aurora (276 Westminster Street), and continues with performances by Javelin, Father Murphy, Malportado Kids, and the What Cheer? Brigade. Cost: $8, but only $5 with your Cable Car ticket stub. A portion of every ticket will go to support Balkan Flood Relief Efforts

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DIRECTOR: Meerkat Media Collective

RUN TIME: 84 min