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Film Screening Organized By A MICA Student Provides Insight Into One Of The World’s Least Understood Bands

Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in Brown Center, Falvey Hall

Posted 02.27.08 by MICA Media Relations

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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) student Adam Okrasinski presents a free screening of Heima, the first-ever film of Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Heima was filmed over two weeks in summer 2006 when the band undertook a series of free, unannounced concerts in Iceland. They hauled 40-plus people, went to 15 locations in the furthest corners of their homeland, and created a truly inspirational debut feature film. Open to the public, the film screening takes place on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in Brown Center, Falvey Hall at 1301 Mount Royal Avenue.

Chris Lee of the Los Angeles Times called Heima "more art-house movie than concert rockumentary." Combining both the biggest and smallest shows of their career, the entire tour was filmed, and provides a unique insight into one of the world's shyest and least understood bands captured live in their natural habitat. Playing in deserted fish factories, outsider art follies, far-flung community halls, sylvan fields, and darkened caves, the band reached an entirely new spectrum of the Icelandic population entirely by word-of-mouth.

Loosely based on a documentary format-including personal reflections from the band-Heima also serves as an alternative primer for Iceland, which is revealed as less stag destination-du-jour and more desolate, magical place where human beings have little right to trespass.

Heima features performances of songs from all four Sigur Rós albums, many radically reworked, as well as two exclusive new songs in ‘guitardjamm,' which was filmed inside an abandoned herring oil tank in the far west of the country, performed with poet Steindor Andersen.

For more information about Heima, visit www.heima.co.uk. For more information about MICA, visit www.mica.edu or call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.