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Friday screening of 'The Other Dream Team'

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At the Friday night screening of "The Other Dream Team" at the Tower

Theatre, the doc (in the U.S. Documentary Cinema category) received

warm applause from a packed house, including some who gave standing


Director Marius Markevicius (familar to some for producing last

year's Grand Jury Prize dramatic winner "Like Crazy") and producer

Jon Weinbach attended the post-screening Q-and-A wearing tie-dyed

t-shirts worn by the Lithuanian basketball team during the 1992


The film documented the rise of Lithuanian basketball in the fomer

Soviet-controlled country and the team's uplifting

bronze-medal-winning tournament during the Olypmics in Barcelona.

(The team had no money to pay for uniforms, so the band The Grateful

Dead stepped up and paid for the distinctive uniforms.)

Markevicius said the film was a "passion project" for him, since both

of his parents emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania and Lithuanian

was the first language he spoke. "I was born to make this film," he


Markevicius was proud of his film, but wondered aloud if it would be

the last documentarry he would make, since dramatic features

generally feature shorter shoots. (This doc took three years to

make.) In addition, "It will be hard to find something that I'm as

passionate about," he said.

-- David Burger

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