THE OTHER DREAM TEAM
The Other Dream Team is the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, a group of trailblazing athletes who won the bronze at the Barcelona Olympics and left an indelible mark on the history books. Led by the unique skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 team helped their country break free from the shackles of Communism. After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the USA) at the '88 Seoul Olympics, Marciulionis and Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, willing newly-independent Lithuania to the medal stand in Barcelona. The film documents the Lithuanians' experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to the vagaries of Communist rule. As they smuggled VCRs on road trips and hid from KGB agents, Lithuania's basketball stars always shared a common goal—to utilize their athletic gifts to help a nation bloom. The '92 Lithuanian team won fans around the world for its hard-nosed play—and its unusual connection with the Grateful Dead. Inspired by the team's message of freedom, the Dead provided financial assistance and helped create their distinctive tie-dye warm-ups. Official Web Site
A discussion with writer/producer Jon Weinbach and writer/director/producer Marius A. Markevicius. Recorded September 29, 2012 at The Landmark in West L.A.
Marius A. Markevicius