Marius Markevicius, BS 98, director and producer of “The Other Dream Team,” a documentary about a Lithuanian basketball team funded by the Greatful Dead in the 1992 Olympics, will participate in a Q&A in Berkeley on Friday, Oct. 12.
Markevicius, a Lithuanian American, will talk about his film at time-TK at the Shattuck Cinemas in downtown Berkeley after the time-TK showing of the film. The movie also will be playing at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco and the Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto.
The documentary follows the inspirational run of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, which was sponsored by the Grateful Dead at the Barcelona Olympics. In Barcelona, Lithuania advanced to the medal round, where the team faced Russia – Lithuania’s oppressor since 1940 – for the bronze. Lithuania triumphed in a memorable David-versus-Goliath victory, raising the game of basketball into an expression of political and culture identity. The film also documents the Lithuanians’ experiences behind the Iron Curtain.
The documentary, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has drawn excellent reviews. The Los Angeles Times described the film as “a stranger-than-fiction look at how sports and politics have intersected to highly dramatic effect in the history of modern Lithuania” and called the film a “winner” and “sports film to remember.” The Wall Street Journal described the film as a “fine hoops documentary.”
Markevicius earned an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television after graduating from the Haas School’s Undergraduate Program. Other films that he has worked on include “Like Crazy,” “Douchebag,” and ” “The Way Back.”
Tickets for the Berkeley Q&A with Haas alumnus Marius Markevicius are available at landmarktheatres.com/Index.htm.