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08/03/2006

Scottish Screen to present a feast of Scottish film in NYC

As part of the Tartan Week celebrations, Scottish Screen will present an eight-day festival of Scottish film in New York during the first week of April.
Entitled ‘Scotland on Film 1942 – 2006’, the programme will include the first US screening of Annie Griffin’s BAFTA nominated and award winning first feature, ‘Festival’, and a specially commissioned documentary, ‘The Rosslyn Enigma’, about the myth and mystery surrounding Rosslyn Chapel, featured in Dan Brown’s blockbuster book ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
Also included in the eclectic programme are such evergreen favourites as ‘Local Hero’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie’, ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘The Maggie’, and ‘Young Adam’.
All the films are teamed with Scottish shorts such as the award winning ‘Milk’, ‘Can’t Stop Breathing’ and ‘Desserts’ or archive film including the first Scottish documentary to win an Oscar, ‘Seawards the Great Ships’.
Also screening for the first time in the US is ‘The Gospel Truth’, a controversial documentary suggesting the roots of Gospel music can be traced back to Gaelic psalms, and ‘American Cousins’, a witty and affectionate exploration of the Glasgow Italian community and a culture clash with their transatlantic relations.
Annie Griffin, Writer/ Director of ‘Festival’ and David Strachan, Producer of ‘The Rosslyn Enigma’, will be in New York to introduce their films and Scottish Screen will be represented by Celia Stevenson, Francis Lopez and Chief Executive Ken Hay.
The festival, which kicks off on Saturday April 1 with a Gala Screening of ‘Festival’ takes place at Anthology Film Archives on 32nd Avenue, Manhattan, a unique screening venue combining film preservation with two small public cinemas.
For a full list of screenings and timings visit www.tartanweekny.com.
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