April 23rd, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the American-Scottish Foundation, 
With another weekend approaching in this time of "Pause", we are sharing some News, Movies and Suggestions - uniting us in our love of Scotland, it's heritage and it's culture.

ASF looks to help  give a sense of center to the chaos, a bridge to our diaspora

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- from renewing Membership early

With strong thoughts from all of us at the American-Scottish Foundation.

Camilla G Hellman 

Count down is on :  Robert The Bruce US digital release April 24th 

With the Theater closures due to COVID-19,  Screen Media had to cancel the film's theatrical run and so as not to postpone release the film is now released on the digital platforms on April 24th.
Robert The Bruce - Official Trailer
Robert The Bruce - Official Trailer
The release coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, AND also the 25th anniversary of  Braveheart from which Robert The  Bruce picks up the historical timeline.

Angus Macfadyen once again portraying Robert the Bruce which he also co wrote with  Eric Belgau.  Directed by Richard Gray and also stars  Jared Harris Anna Hutchison Patrick Fugit , Zach McGowan, Emma Kenney, Melora Walters, Mhairi Calvey, Kevin McNally, Shane Coffey, and Talitha and Gabriel Bateman. 

Royal Oak Foundation  Live On Line Lecture 
Thursday April 30 - 7pm 

given by  Design Historian - Leslie Klingner
Lingerie & Lifeboats:
Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, British Fashion Icon

Where:  Online via Zoom Webinar

Tickets:   $15 members; $20 non-members  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Leslie Klinger will introduce one to Lucy Christina Sutherland, the first British-based designer to achieve international acclaim at the turn of the 20th century.

Sutherland, a London-born dressmaker introduced the dress term "chic." founding Lucile Ltd.,   revolutionizing Edwa rdian fashion with live catwalk shows, splits skirts and low necklines. Considered risqué, her clients ranged from royalty, aristocrats and socialites to the queens of stage and screen. B y 1909 Sutherland was said to be earning around £40,000 a year-approximately $6 million today.

Sutherland married Scottish landowner Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, with life taking a dramatic turn for Lady Duff Gordon when as one of the first-class passengers on the Titanic she escaped on Lifeboat No. 1-a harrowing experience which led to negative press coverage. The ill-fated Titanic journey and subsequent legal hearings led to the demise of this acclaimed fashion house and its magnificent designer.

Binge watching .. and Movies you might have missed 
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  Email us your input so we can build a viewing list .. a jog to the memory.


The Etruscan Smile - (Official US Trailer)
The Etruscan Smile - (Official US Trailer)
Lightyear Entertainment ETRUSCAN SMILE has come up with a way to support ones local cinema whilst viewing new movies.
50% of the net revenue from your ticket purchase will support the theater of your choice. List of Cinemas by State below, if no cinema in your area click another one to help!

As  Lightyear Entertainment  explains they had to pivot the release when U.S. theatrical roll out of THE ETRUSCAN SMILE could not take place as planned.

"We are proud to present virtual screenings in association with Film Movement Plus, and help local cinema partners at the same time". Arnie Holland of Lightyear noted.

"Just click on one of the ticket links below to enjoy the film in the comfort of your own home."

Click HERE for full list of Cinemas by State and to purchase your virtual cinema tickets!
Enjoy a Taste of Scotland:
ASF are delighted to announce our new ASF Member Benefit with our partners - and offering during this period our discounts to our Friends as well as Members:

The Scottish Grocer 
- 20% discount 
(free freight on orders over $90- exclusive of frozen goods)
 Link HERE - Code  ASFM20

ASF Scottish Teas:  Support us as you enjoy our wonderful Scottish Morn or Scottish Afternoon Teas from Harney & Company, a portion of all sales goes to support ASF programs. 

Walkers Shortbread  who have a large selection of wonderful Scottish shortbread and biscuits - ASF Members and Friends a special  20% discount on orders 

Scottish Banner April Issue is packed full of news 
from Scotland, the US and Canada - together with 
a great interview with Angus MacFadyen around 
his role in "Robert the Bruce" which will be 
available shortly - More news soon!

This month issue is available FREE for 
ASF Members and Friends to download 

There are Ideas for that trip  never taken and events to mark in the  calendar for next year  
(like the 2021 NY Tartan Day Parade!)

Pivoting to Virtual has become the call and through our on line platforms National Tartan Day was celebrated virtually this year, led by the efforts of   The National Tartan Day NY Parade Committee.  Programming throughout the day of April 6 ensured that Covid-19 did NOT cancel Tartan Day.
Commemorations should also have been taking place over the weekend of April 6th for the 
700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.  

ASF was to have had an exhibit on show at Federal Hall of a copy of the Declaration, the exhibit we hope will take place when Federal Hall reopens.

The Declaration of Arbroath
The Declaration of Arbroath
Journalist and broadcaster  Lesley Riddoch has invited us to share with our members  "Declaration" - a documentary on the hist ory of the Declaration of Arbroath,   As Riddoch notes:
.. so as soon as we realised the corona virus lockdown would also cancel every celebratory event, my filmmaker colleague Charlie Stuart and I dropped other work and decided to make a film ourselves with help from Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle, historian Fiona Watson and the actor Brian Cox
Completed on Saturday April 4th we share with you HERE
Also in honor of Tartan Day ASF joined with the  NY Genealogical & Biographical in to host a webinar with  Prof. Donna Heddle of University of the Highlands and Islands.  
"For Freedom Alone": Is the Declaration of Arbroath the Most Important Document in Scottish History?.
We look to have this available in the days ahead for you to hear if you missed this discussion with Prof. Heddle
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Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, and dream of Scotland!
Photo: Roger Jepson / Mercury Press.