Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ruth and Tony on MSNBC!

Director Ruth Leitman and Tony Wasilewski were guests on the MSNBC cable news show THE DYLAN RATIGAN show, where they talked about the impact of our current immigration law on the Wasilewski family, and how the film is a great tool for showing what’s wrong with our current immigration law.  Thanks to MSNBC for bringing our story to a national audience.

Click HERE to see Ruth and Tony on the DYLAN RATIGAN show

Ruth and Tony on the set of MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show 5/25/2011

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Upcoming events

Please join us at the following TONY & JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING screenings and events:

Thur June 30, 2011 – 7pm
Amor and Exile screening series
Cole/Marr Photography Workshops
8th Street Marketplace, Lower Level
404 S. 8th St.
, Boise, Idaho,

Sat Aug 20, 2011
World Youth Day Chicago
Chicago Archdiocese
Chicago, IL

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If you are a supporter of the film (Tony & Janina’s American Wedding), the family (the Wasilewski’s, and hundreds of thousands of other families torn apart by our current immigration policy), and the issue (compassionate immigration reform), it’s time to TAKE ACTION:

1 – Contact your elected officials and weigh in with your support for fixing our broken laws.  We need to let our representatives know that this is an issue that is important to us, and that we want it addressed as soon as possible – to end the suffering of those separated from their families, and to allow those living in the shadows to live the American Dream.

2 – Visit the TAKE ACTION tab on our home page, and quickly and easily send a message to President Obama, asking for a moratorium on deportations until our laws are rewritten, and to intervene specifically in the Wasilewski’s efforts to be reunited in the US.  Click HERE to TAKE ACTION.

3 – Set up a screening in your home of Tony & Janina’s American Wedding, and discuss the issue of immigration reform with friends and neighbors, with those who are in favor of reform and those who are not in favor of reform – we need to talk about this issue in hopes of finding common ground. Click  HERE to purchase a DVD.

4 – Contact us about setting up a community screening in your town.  We’ve shown the film at universities, churches, community centers, museums, movie theaters and more.  We’d welcome the chance to work with you to screen the film in your community, and to set up a Q&A session and panel discussion.  Click  HERE for more details.


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Tonite in ANN ARBOR!

Still waiting for an update from Ruth about the screenings yesterday in Holland and Grand Rapids, but her initial postings are that they both were great events.  Bringing the film into communities effected by ICE raids, and engaging people throughout the state in dialog about the need for compassionate immigration reform is what this tour is all about.  Thanks to Ryan and Bart with AIR, and Becca and Haley at Celebration Cinema for making the swing through western Michigan a success.

The next screening is in Ann Arbor on Thursday May 19th – see you there!

THURSDAY MAY 19, 2011 – 7pm
University of Michigan
Anderson Room
Michigan Union
530 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
FREE and open to the public

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Next stop: Holland and Grand Rapids MI on Tues 5/17

The tour of Michigan continues tomorrow with TWO events in the greater Grand Rapids area – details below:

TUESDAY MAY 17, 2011 – 12 noon
Herrick Library
300 S. River Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
FREE and open to the public

TUESDAY MAY 17, 2011 – 7pm
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids Woodland
3195 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
FREE and open to the public

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Bay City and Lansing! – DAY 1 and 2

We hit the road on Sat May 14th, driving over to Bay City MI to screen the film at the beautiful State Theater.  The weather was terrible, but we enjoyed the ride over as we hadn’t been to this part of the great state of Michigan before.  We had a nice small crowd of concerned and interested viewers who braved the 45 degree temperatures, high winds and at times torrential rains.

The Marquee at the State Theater, Bay City MI

It was a great way to kick off the tour, especially meeting Anita Senkowski, her sister Laura, and father John, who all came out to see the film (which looked and sounded great – what a projection set up they have at the theater).  Anita is living proof that you can make a difference.  She heard Ruth’s Bob Edwards interview, reached out to us, and offered to help us book the film – lo and behold, several months later, we were meeting at the State for the screening. Here’s a shot of the State’s fabulous facade – built in 1908, restored in the 30′s.  Thanks again to everyone who came out.

As we write this, Ruth is presenting the film in Lansing at Cristo Rey Church.  More on that screening soon!

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We need your help! Join our OUTREACH campaign!

As we roll into our tour of Michigan, we’re re-doubling our OUTREACH campaign and trying to raise additional funds to insure that the film is part of the national discussion about immigration, and that Tony, Janina and Brian’s case is known to all.

Please support our efforts by making a donation to our OUTREACH campaign at our new INDIE-GO-GO page – thanks for supporting our efforts for compassionate immigration reform:

Click HERE to donate to our OUTREACH campaign at Indie-go-go

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Good work in Connecticut

Ruth screened the film 5 times in late April in Connecticut with our friend Jay Klemundt and United Action CT.  We’ve stayed in touch with Jay in the weeks since the screening, and support UA-CT’s statewide efforts around the Dream Act and compassionate immigration reform.  Yesterday, Jay forwarded me some good news about their efforts.  They still have some hurdles to get over, but they are making some noise, and getting things done – check out the link below for more info about their efforts on behalf of approving instate tuition for students.  Keep up the good work Jay!

Instate tuition story from CT MIRROR

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