Sep 052012

Film Screening and Audience Q&A with Director Jim Tusty
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 7:00 pm

Unity of Boulder
2855 Folsom Street, Boulder CO 80304
See the trailer!

Private Reception and Discussion with Director Jim Tusty
Friday, 19 October 2012, 7:00 pm

Private residence, Boulder

The Singing RevolutionIn 1991, after nearly fifty years of brutal Soviet occupation, the small Republic of Estonia confronted their occupiers by announcing their independence to the world. Their charge heralded the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union.

Music played a pivotal role in this historic, non-violent transformation. “Laulupidu”, the Estonian song festival founded in 1869, would keep hope alive during the entire occupation. In 1969, 30,000 singers took the stage to sing one exceptional song—”Land of My Fathers, Land that I Love”—in an extraordinary act of non-violent resistance as Estonians raised their voices together as one.

“The Singing Revolution” tells the story of one country’s undeniable thirst for self determination and its unshakable belief in what it means to be free. It chronicles the Singing Revolution movement as both history lesson and cautionary tale. Not only does “The Singing Revolution” tell the story of an extraordinary set of circumstances and events but it also provides an intimate portrayal of ordinary, every-day people who refused to believe that freedom was out of their reach.

About the Filmmakers

James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty co-produced, co-wrote and co-directed “The Singing Revolution”. This is their first feature film. Both separately and together, the Tustys have produced hundred of programs for television, TV commercials, and corporate films.

The film was honored by the Boulder International Film festival as the “Most Inspirational Film” in 2008.

Excerpts from Film Reviews

…Imagine the scene in “Casablanca” in which the French patrons sing “La Marseillaise” in defiance of the Germans; then multiply its power by a factor of thousands, and you’ve only begun to imagine the force of “The Singing Revolution.”—Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times

“The Singing Revolution” is an undeniably important film.—Joe Leydon, Variety

It’s one of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I’ve ever seen.—ReelTalk

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