• Serbia
  • United States
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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.


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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alison Brockhouse, Adam Pogoff, Bryan Chang, Dara Messinger, Eric Phillips-Horst, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, Jeff Sterrenberg, Karim Tabbaa, Sara Huneke, Zara Serabian-Arthur
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Bryan Chang, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, Jeff Sterrenberg, Eric Phillips-Horst, Michael Palmieri
  • Editing
    Bryan Chang Jay, Arthur Sterrenberg
  • Music
    Mitchell Yoshida, Don Godwin
  • Sound
    Splash Studios
  • Duration
    84 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Serbia
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Los Angeles Film Festival - 2013, World Premiere!
    • CPH:DOX - 2013, Official Selection!
    • Minsk International Film Festival - 2013, International Premiere!
    • Rooftop Films Summer Series - 2013, New York Premiere (2,000 audience)!
    • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival - 2013, Winner Best of the Fest!
    • BELDOCS Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival - 2013, Closing Night Film!
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam - 2014, Official Selection!
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival - 2014, Official Selection!
    • Crossroads Film Festival - 2014, WINNER Best Feature Documentary!
    • Chicago International Movies and Music Festival - 2014, WINNER Best Feature Documentary!
    • Lincoln Center Sound+Vision Festival - 2014, Official Selection!


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