|Opening in Phila, SD, DC, Orange Cty|
Director-writer: Marius A. Markevicius
Co-writer: Jon Weinbach
Subjects: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Rimas Kurtinaitis
Distributor: The Film Arcade
The folks at new distribution outfit Film Arcade first saw the pic at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Although they had just announced the company, they weren’t sure if they were going to buy anything at the event. “But we fell in love with this movie,” said the company’s Miranda Bailey. The documentary centers on the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team that became symbols of the small Baltic country’s independence movement away from Soviet rule. The team triumphed — apparently with inspiration from the Grateful Dead – at the Barcelona Olympics that year. “We want to do proper theatrical [release], and are not doing day-and-date,” said Bailey. “We want to take ‘harder indie releases’ and take them out into theaters. We absolutely believe that this film had to go theatrical. It’s an extremely inspiring story and I used to follow the Grateful Dead, so it was a great fit for me.”
Bailey sees the “indie film crowds” and people who are political junkies as natural fits for The Other Dream Team. This will be the first release for the fledgling distributor and they’ll roll it out in New York and Los Angeles followed by other markets around the country. “We’re trying to focus on just doing legitimate old-school theatrical and making sure we get great theaters,” added Bailey.