Lithuanian Movie Night: The Other Dream Team

When: October 12, 2012

Where: Berkley, San Francisco, Palo Alto

Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 464-5980 Daily Show Times (valid 10/12-18): 2:40, 4:55, 7:05, 9:20 FILMMAKER IN PERSON: Director Marius A. Markevicius on Friday, October 12 for Q&A after 7:05pm show and to introduce 9:20pm show.

Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson Street, Palo Alto (650) 266-9260 Show Times (valid 10/12-18) Fri-Sun: 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:45; Mon-Wed: 4:30, 7:00, 9:45; Thurs: 4:30, 9:45 FILMMAKER IN PERSON: Director Marius A. Markevicius on Saturday, October 13 for Q&A after 4:30pm show.

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco (415) 267-4893 Daily Show Times (valid 10/12-18): 12:10, 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30 FILMMAKER IN PERSON: Director Marius A. Markevicius on Saturday, October 13 for Q&A after 7:00pm show and to introduce 9:30pm show.

Tickets will be available by October 9, 2012 at: and at theatre box office.

Watch the trailer here 

The extraordinary story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

Uplifting, inspirational and emotional, THE OTHER DREAM TEAM follows the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, a group of trailblazing athletes who won the bronze at the Barcelona Olympics and left an indelible mark on the history books. Led by the unique skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team helped their country break free from the shackles of Communism. After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the '88 Seoul Olympics, Marciulionis and Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four year later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, willing newly-independent Lithuania to the medal stand in Barcelona. The film documents the Lithuanians experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to the vagaries of Communist rule. As they smuggled VCRs on road trips and hid from KGB agents, Lithuania's basketball stars always shared a common goal - to utilize their athletic gifts to help a nation bloom. The '92 Lithuanian team won fans around the world for its hard-nosed play and also through its unusual connection with the Grateful Dead. Inspired by the Lithuanian team's message of freedom, the Dead provided financial assistance to the Lithuanians and helped create the team's distinctive, tie-dye warm ups. Lithuania advanced to the medal round in Barcelona, where it faced Russia - Lithuania's oppressor since 1940 - for the bronze. Lithuania emerged victorious, and then rose to the medal stand wearing colorful gear emblazoned with the Dead's signature skeleton logo. By beating Russia, David had beaten Goliath - and the Lithuanian team had raised the game of basketball into a memorable expression of political and cultural identity.