Upcoming Events & Screenings

New York City screening at John Jay College on Oct 29th!

Please join us for a screening in New York, NY in late October.  Director Ruth Leitman, and co-producer Steve Dixon will participate in a post-screening discussion about the film and immigration reform via Skype.  Details below:

Tues Oct 29, 2013 – 530pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice / CUNY
Immigration and Deportation Initiative
524 West 59th Street
New Building – Room L61
New York, NY  10019

Click HERE for more information

Thanks to Shirley Leyro for her assistance in coordinating this event!

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Chicago screening on Monday October 7, 2013 at 6pm

Please join us for a screening in Chicago IL on Monday October 7, 2013 at 6pm.  Director Ruth Leitman, and Tony Wasilewski be in attendance, and will participate in a post-screening discussion about the film and immigration reform via Skype.  Details below:

Film Screening and Talk-back:¬† Tony and Janina’s American Wedding
Monday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605

The film is part of the library’s Polish Heritage month celebration.¬† Thanks to Janette¬†Kopacz for her assistance in coordinating this event!

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April 4, 2013 screening in SEATTLE

We’re excited to announce a special screening of TONY & JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING at Seattle’s Uptown Cinemas (hosted by OneAmerica / AILA and the Seattle International Film Festival) – details below:
THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2013 – 630pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
More info:
Seattle screening info CLICK HERE
Join us for a panel discussion following the film with local families facing the same situation, immigration attorney Bonnie Wasser, community advocate David Ayala Zamora and local elected officials.

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9/12 at Polish Museum Chicago with AJC

Please join us for a screening event in partnership with the American Jewish Committee – details below:

Screening on Wednesday Sept 12, 2012 – 7pm
Polish Museum of America
984 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
RSVP:  www.ajcchicago.org/film

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June 22 at UU Church GA, June 23 at American Library Assoc.

If you are in the area, please spread the word about 2 great screenings in front of large national organization – we will be screening the film for the UU Church at their annual General Assembly, and for the American Library Association’s annual convention.¬† With President Obama’s announcement this week, we are thrilled to be screening the film in front of 2 new national audiences, and hope to bring the film to more communities, congregations and libraries across the country.¬† Details below:

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding Film Screening / Discussion
Friday, 6/22/2012   9:45:00 PM Р11:30:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center — Room 124
100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Producer Steve Dixon in attendance

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding screening
American Library Association convention
Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 1030AM

Anaheim Convention Center
Room 304C
800 West Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92802

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June 13 screening in Nashville at annual AILA conference!

Please join us on Wednesday June 13th at 930pm for the AILA conference screening in Nashville TN – See you there!

TONY & JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING screening at AILA Annual Conference


Tennessee Ballroom


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

9:00pm Film Fest Red Carpet Event

9:30pm TONY & JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING Film Screenings (Tennessee Ballroom)

Director Ruth Leitman in attendance

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June 7 2012 screening in Kansas City

Please join Tony and Brian as they present the film in partnership with AIRR  at a fundraising event in the Kansas City MO area Рdetails below:

A d v o c a t e s f o r
I m m i g r a n t
R i g h t s &
R e c o n c i l i a t i o n

TONY & JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING fundraising screening
Thur June 7, 2012
630pm – event start time
715pm – screening and discussion
Tony Wasilewski in attendance

The event will be held in the
Community of Christ Auditorium
Bottom Floor
1001 W. Walnut
Independence MO 64050


Thanks to Angela Ferguson for partnering with us for this event

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BIG NEWS for June! AILA and UU GA screenings

We are thrilled to have been invited to screen TONY & JANINA’S AMERICAN WEDDING at 2 of the biggest national meetings dealing with immigration in 2012:¬† the national American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference in Nashville TN, and the Unitarian Universalist Church’s General Assembly (which will focus on immigration issues) in Phoenix AZ.

Preliminary details are below – once we get closer to the dates, we’ll add weblinks and more info – thanks to AILA and the UU Church for including us in these important events!


Thursday June 14, 2012 at 9:00PM
AILA Annual Conference
Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville TN

Friday June 22, 2012 at 9:45PM
Unitarian Universalist General Assembly
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

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Feb 29, 2012: Director Leitman on Loyola WOMEN & FILM panel

Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) International Film & Media Studies program is sponsoring a panel on Women and Documentary Film, Wed. Feb. 29th, 7-9 PM, Information Commons, 4th floor.

Documentary filmmakers Ruth Leitman, Danielle Beverly, Bren Murphy and Elizabeth Coffman will discuss the challenges and rewards of independent documentary filmmaking.

Ruth Leitman’s films “Alma” , “Lipstick & Dynamite”, “Wildwood, NJ” have screened at the Whitney Biennial and won multiple awards.¬† Her latest, “Tony & Janina’s American Wedding” is about the immigration crisis in this country and has already been instrumental in political advocacy efforts to change how immigrant families are legally separated from each other.¬† Read about Ruth here:¬†http://ruthlessfilms.com/about/

Danielle Beverly, currently teaching at Marquette, was just at Sundance last year for a documentary that she served as field producer on–Project Rebirth.¬† Her documentary feature, “Learning to Swallow” premiered at Silverdocs.¬† Danielle is currently finishing a social issue documentary on a community in Georgia.

Bren Murphy’s first documentary, “A Question of Habit,” co-produced with Loyola’s Gannon Center, is about the history of women religious in popular culture.¬† The film screened at the New York Film festival and just aired on WTTW in Chicago.¬† Bren, an LUC faculty member, has also produced radio documentaries.

Elizabeth Coffman will moderate the discussion.¬† Her latest documentary, “Veins in the Gulf,” an environmental look at Louisiana’s disappearing coastline, is currently screening around the country.

For more info, contact:

Elizabeth Coffman, Director
International Film & Media Studies
Environmental Curriculum Developer
Loyola University Chicago
800 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-6716

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March 11 – Immigration Today panel at Grace Lutheran

Join us on Sunday March 11, 2012 at River Forest IL’s Grace Lutheran Church for their second in a series of panel discussions about Immigration.¬† This event will focus on stories of individuals whose lives and families are affected by current immigration policy, and will include both Tony and Attorney Royal Berg.

Sunday March 11, 2012 ‚Äď 2pm
Grace Lutheran Church
Immigration Today panel
River Forest, IL
Tony Wasilewski and Attorney Royal Berg in attendance
Click HERE for more info about the Grace Lutheran immigration panel

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