Newsletter - January 2011

Happy Special day to those born in the month of January

Jan 8 Astrid L. Smith
Jan 8 Arthur Kvaas
Jan 9 Evelyne Houdek
Jan 27 Eugene Johnsen
Jan 28 Phyllis Magnuson Dunn

Past Newsletters
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We are always looking for interesting stories to add to the monthly ASF Newsletter!
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We would like to know if we could find a few volunteers from our membership as the Board performs many tasks. We would love to have your help!

We would also like help with publishing our newsletter, This task can be broken down into several tasks to share so no one is stuck with full responsibility.

Would you like to write Birthday Cards and get well cards to members?

Would you be willing to call on other Scandinavian friends to become members?

» Call To Our Annual Meeting, Saturday, January 22, 2011
Congratulations to Young Viking's Courtlin Stoker
» THE 12TH SCANDINAVIAN Film Festival L.A. unreels at the Writers Guild Theater January 8, 9, 15, 16 with Films from DENMARK, FINLAND, ICELAND, NORWAY, and SWEDEN


Call To Our Annual Meeting, Saturday, January 22, 2011
(download pdf form here)

at the Elverhøj Museum in Solvang (1624 Elverhøj Way at 2nd St.)

  • 10:15 AM, Meet at Elverhøj if you wish to view the museum before the meeting commences
  • 11:00 AM Annual Meeting - We will hear reports about our progress during 2010 and highlight our plans for next year!
  • 12:00 PM catered lunch by “Bit O’Denmark”

Carpool Information: if you can provide a ride or need a ride, please call Heidi at 681-0083.

Reservations: Print out form and please make checks payable to ASFSB and mail to:

P.O. Box 41502
Santa Barbara, CA 93140

RSVP: Please, no later than Monday, January 18, 2011

$15 each per person

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Congratulations to Young Viking's Courtlin Stoker

Congratulations to our Young Viking and Board member Courtlin Stoker, a December graduate of University of California Santa Barbara, having earned her degree in Global Studies.

We all wish her well as she moves on to the next exciting phase of life, wherever it may be..











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THE 12TH SCANDINAVIAN Film Festival L.A. unreels at the Writers Guild Theater January 8, 9, 15, 16 with Films from DENMARK, FINLAND, ICELAND, NORWAY, and SWEDEN

The 12th SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL L.A. January 8, 9, 15, 16
unreels at the Writers Guild Theater (135 S. Doheny/at Wilshire) in Beverly Hills with a program of both blockbusters and discoveries. The festival offers an annual immersion into the world of Nordic film during the winter “film season” that makes its way through festivals and awards in the build up to Academy Awards nominations and the Awards themselves. The festival focuses on the work of filmmakers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden including Nordic Oscar contenders, additional current feature films, and a sampling of shorts and documentaries.

  Miesten vuoro, Finland, 2010, 84 minutes, Joonas Berghäll - Mika Hotakainen

Opening day Jan 8 starts with a film from Iceland, Dagur Kári’s The Good Heart, followed by the first in the Swedish block-buster Stig Larsson Millennium Trilogy—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (The entire trilogy will screen at the festival!) Next comes a troubling Denmark/Greenland story in Louise N.D. Friedberg’s The Experiment. Finally the festive opening gala/buffet precedes the opening day festivities and evening screening that takes the entire audience into the sauna, with Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotikainen’s Finnish Oscar entry Steam of Life.

Sunday Jan 9 starts with shorts from Norway followed by the gripping Mama Gogo from award winning veteran Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Then comes the second installation in the Millennium Triology—The Girl Who Played with Fire, before a special screening of Norway’s Oscar entry The Angel from Director Margreth Olin. The day concludes with veteran Danish DirectorThomas Vinterberg’s feature film Submarino.

SIMPLE SIMON, Sweden, 2010, 86 minutes, Andreas Öhman
Swedish submission for "Best Foreign Film" Academy Award


The second week-end of the festival kicks off January 15 with the final Millennium offering—The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Then comes a twosome of animated shorts from Denmark and Norway preceding Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s Forbidden Fruit. Norwegian feature A Somewhat Gentle Man from Hans Petter Moland follows. Into the evening the festival continues with the presentation of a $10,000 SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association) film stipendium to young Swedish film maker Terese Andrén whose short film, Nina Argentina, will be followed by Director Andreas Öhman’s Swedish Oscar Contender, Simple Simon.

  Eksperimente, Denmark, 2010, 90 minutes, Louise N.D. Friedberg

The Sunday Jan 16 line-up includes award winning Danish documentaries—including Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity. The film is considered to be one of the most important environmental documentaries ever and feels more like a eerie sci-fi offering with its chilling story about storage of nuclear waste. Later it’s Swedish director Josef Fares’ Balls, and, finally the festival wraps up with veteran Danish Director Christoffer Boe’s Everything Will Be Fine. A complete schedule of films is available online at or

The festival has become an important annual opportunity for both delight and discovery while traversing the world of Nordic cinema. The focus of our festival offers unique opportunities for explorers as well as devotees of international cinema, European cinema, and Nordic film. “We’ve offered a lot of films in twelve years” says Festival Founder/Director James Koenig “some disposable but entertaining, some profound and enduring, some that leave lingering images like the reverberation of a chord struck on heart strings. So, ‘on we go’-- our annual ‘residency’ of Nordic film in Hollywood continues.

Engelen, Norway, 2009, 97 minutes, Margreth Olin


Eager to sample a new menu, our devoted audience of film lovers, industry professionals, along with Nordic and other European expats have laughed and cried and witnessed six Academy Award ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ nominations, as well as nominations and wins in various categories. There is an aurora borealis on the big screen! And, despite Northern climates, Nordic film is as hot as the best Finnish sauna!”

Parent organization of Scandinavian Film Festival is the American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles. Support for the festival includes individuals, organizations, and corporate sponsorship, with the assistance of The Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, and the Icelandic Film Centre.

  Mamma Gógó, Iceland, 2010, 90 minutes, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Icelandic submission for "Best Foreign Film" Academy Award

The festival is proud to partner with ELMA—European Languages and Movies in America, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), the Royal Norwegian Consulate, and the Finnish Consulate, with help from the local honorary Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic Consulates in the concerted effort to bring Nordic film culture to the Los Angeles/Hollywood cultural scene.

For further information, and a complete schedule of all films and events, and information on becoming a donor or purchasing tickets, log on to or or call 323-661-4273

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