Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian

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Saga 1

 

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Saga 1 ”Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian” is a light-hearted exploration of contemporary Scandinavian America.

“My grandparents all came from Sweden, . . . from Denmark, . . . Finland, . . . Iceland, . . . or Norway.” As generations pass, though, how can I think of myself as Scandinavian? Especially how can I think this, if I speak only English and have never been to any part of Scandinavia? Between 1850 and 1930, North America drew almost 3 million people from Scandinavia, as most North Americans refer to the five Nordic countries. What has since become of all those immigrants? As the 21st century begins, a third of the population of Minnesota alone identifies itself as stemming from Scandinavia, even seeing themselves as being “pretty much 100% Scandinavian.” The film explores the experience of immigration, the process of Americanization, the importance of landmark institutions such as churches and colleges, the power of family and community, the vitality of arts and craft, the matter of language, and the enjoyment of humor — it’s a rich journey, fueled by gallons of coffee.

Length 60 min

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Saga 2 - Get set for a film whose content is sneaky, self-effacing humor and whose cast includes Ole and Lena, those mainstays of Scandinavian American jokes! Award-winning Swedish filmmaker Stefan Quinth and former American Swedish Institute staff member Dr. William Beyer have searched Minnesota and neighboring U.S. states for what has tickled the funny-bones of Scandinavian Americans. Jokes, stories, stage performances—it’s all here and it’s all funny. Vaudevillians such as Swedish immigrant Hjalmar Peterson or “Olle i Skratthult” and the Olsen sisters from Norway provide context for contemporary musicians, authors, and comics such as Norwegian Americans Leroy Larson, Art Lee, and Janet Letnes Martin; Swedish American Merrilyn Belgum; and Finnish American Carl “Kip” Peltoniemi. There’s also plenty of room for a variety of neighborhood storytellers and jokesters with roots in the Nordic countries.


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Saga 3

 

Saga 3

Saga 3 - “Give me enough Swedes, snuff, and whiskey, and I’ll build a railroad to hell!” Great Northern Railway tycoon James J. Hill is said to have boasted admiringly of his immigrant workers. Danes, Finns, Icelanders, Norwegians, and Swedes—all earned reputations for good, hard work while settling into the United States. Saga 3’s interviews, historical photos, and footage of contemporary Scandinavian Americans at work show why the reputation has been rightly earned. Here you’ll hear the sounds, see the sights, and smile at the sly humor of Scandinavian Americans farming, logging, milling, commercial fishing, doing domestic work, and following religious vocations. You can relax: these people are working enough for both of you!

Length: 60 minutes

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Saga 4 - Premiering in October at American Swedish Institute

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Saga 4 - The descendants of U.S. immigrants from Scandinavia aim their arts and craft toward everyday elegance. Their goal is the practical beauty so prized in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
This is the fourth film in the light-hearted yet authoritative “Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian” series by award-winning Swedish filmmaker Stefan Quinth and Dr. William Beyer, former administrator at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Saga 4” introduces the places and people in the U.S. Upper Midwest that draw on Scandinavian traditions to create arts and craft of practical beauty.
Institutions such as Vesterheim (the Norwegian American museum and cultural center in Decorah, Iowa), events such as Nisswa-stämman (the annual Nordic American folk music gathering in Nisswa, Minnesota), painters, writers, weavers, potters, wood carvers, instrument makers, a story-teller, a Saami lithographer, a “langeleik” (Norwegian dulcimer) player, a “kjolväska” (Swedish skirt purse) seamstress, and that grand Icelandic American man of letters, Bill Holm—all absolutely stunning stuff, however practical and everyday!

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What people are saying

Loved Saga III!
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Many, many thanks for your great presentation last Saturday in Chicago. I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Chicago, Ill

Ni gör en kulturgärning!
Karlstad, Sweden

I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful film. Kudos on a job well done. . . . It's pretty much 100% excellent.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Your presentation and the film were very well done.
Brainerd, Minnesota

It's very good! Very interesting, warm, funny, sad--you got it all. Thanks.
Moorhead, Minnesota

Ett varmt tack för den fina filmen.
Mora, Sweden

I just loved that film: it made me feel so happy, though somewhat sad at the same time because I didn't acknowledge my Swedishness until late in my life. From the film, I see how much I have missed out on by not making my heritage a part of my life until recently. I owe you many thanks for producing such a rich film.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

What a pleasure to view your production on Sunday. Besides the gorgeous scenery, your sensitivity in interviewing is fantastic.
Nisswa, Minnesota

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it on Sunday! It was really charming. I'm thinking it would be . . . a good intro to Swedish Americana in general.
Richfield, Minnesota

It was a great film and thank you for investing yourself in the project.
Braham, Minnesota

I enjoyed the film festival at Høstfest and visiting with you. . . . Thanks for making the films. They are "our" story, too.
Lindstrom, Minnesota

Saga 3 is great. Charming stories and an interesting peek into our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ lives.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

I was so delighted to see . . . the mother of my college roommate in an episode of 100% Scandinavian . . . I was inspired to get back in touch [with my roommate] . . . I think it has been 8-10 years.
Minneapolis, Minnesota