Espocinema’s latest documentary is now available for streaming
on Amazon Prime and Vimeo!
Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B086V3PQ1J;
This documentary was commissioned and funded by the Lithuanian Heritage Society of Rochester, NY. The story is told by descendants of Rochester Lithuanian’s, its current members and is narrated by Ray Kirstein Jr., directed by Kristina Nomeika, a member of the Society who also grew up in this community and edited by her son, Adrian Esposito. It follows the stories of Lithuanian immigrants as they establish their community, church and businesses in Rochester, NY. The Rochester Lithuanians document their stories from their initial arrival in the 1900’s to the present day. We follow them through World War I and World War II. We hear of the experiences of the “Displaced Persons” as they fled their homeland, arrived in America and settled in Rochester, NY. The film includes footage and explanation of Lithuanian traditions and celebrations. The Director’s Cut is on Vimeo and includes biographical information about notable Rochester Lithuanian artists, musicians and leaders. The Amazon version is a thorough historical document but excludes the biographical clips. The Rochester Lithuanians is essentially the story shared by many immigrants coming to America. The film helps us appreciate the contribution that immigrants make to the diversity and fabric of America.
To obtain a physical copy of the film please contact Sue Jenkins: firstname.lastname@example.org
As of this week, all eight of Espocinema’s feature films are now available for streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Aging Trees of Knowledge II: Command of Sankofa joins the other movies, free for streaming for Prime members. The documentary looks at issues of race and poverty, with a special focus on Rochester, NY. The story is told by civil rights advocate and historian Dr. David Anderson, who was instrumental in drawing attention to the effects of lead paint on children, leading to federal legislation.
Watch Aging Trees of Knowledge II: Command of Sankofa here.
See other Espocinema films on Amazon Prime Video here.
Please help support the next Espocinema film!
Special Needs Revolt! Is an action-horror-comedy film. The film’s hero, Billy Bates, who will be played by up-and-coming actor Samuel Dyer, is a young man with Down syndrome.
Billy wakes up from a two-year coma and discovers that the United States has been turned into a brutal dictatorship thanks to President Kruger, to be played by award-winning veteran actor Bill Weeden (Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.). Kruger has put all people with disabilities into institutions. Billy becomes the leader of a diverse group of resistance fighters committed to ending Kruger’s reign of terror.
“Special Needs Revolt!” is also a satire on our current political situation, done in the style of Troma Entertainment. Lloyd Kaufman of Troma will appear in the film.
Please visit our page on Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/special-needs-revolt#/