The public is invited to a free screening of the documentary “Alleluia Junction: A Community Choir Journeys From Maine to Russia” Saturday, July 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Doors will open 1 p.m.

The one-hour documentary by filmmaker Dana Rae Warren and Moody Mountain Media tells the inspiring story of the Rachmaninoff Choir, comprised of the Bowdoin College Chorus and the Midcoast’s Down East Singers, and a Fourth of July celebration not soon to be forgotten. The 80 members of the choir, ranging in age from 10 to 85, travel across Russia and 15 time zones in two weeks, singing the Liturgy of Sergei Rachmaninoff and American spirituals to enthusiastic Russian audiences. When their journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway reaches the Russian Far East in time for the Fourth of July, they have a new understanding of not only what is means to be an American but also what it means to be a citizen of the world.

A free reception at the Winter Street gallery of North Haven artist Eric Hopkins will immediately follow the screening. Musical selections from the film will be performed live by choir members and by musicians Brooks & DeNooyer. Refreshments will be provided by co-hosts Sweets & Meats and Watershed School resident chef Thomas O’Connor.

The film is presented in collaboration with the Camden International Film Festival, as one of CIFF’s special screenings series leading up to the 2010 festival, Sept. 30 through Oct. 3.

Reflecting the choir’s magical experience on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the day will begin with a vintage train ride from Brunswick to Rockland. Maine Eastern Railroad will host the romantic Parlor Car, which will serve as the event car for a sing-along led by choir members. Roundtrip tickets are available at

Train riders can board in Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset or board in and return to Rockland. The day’s events are planned to accommodate the train schedule, available at Northeast Historic Film is the fiscal sponsor for this film and will provide historical train footage to play at the Rockland train station restaurant, Trackside Station.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to