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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

A Welcoming Story from YiaYia

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Uploaded onto YouTube by PhosPictures on Aug 16, 2010

“Dedicated to my YiaYia (Grandmother) and all the immigrants that came to America leaving their homeland and families in search of a better life. To all the hopes and the dreams that traveled over the distant oceans, to all the families that have scattered across this new land, may we never forget each other. As my YiaYia says, ‘Opa!”

Directed / Edited: Eliot Rausch
Director of Photography: Matt B.Taylor
Music: Nana Mouskouri – Telalima


Thursday, April 21st, 2011

An 18 year old from Russia arrives in America. She knows no one here, her blunt English is a little too loud, and most of the students at her college aren’t well, impressed. See who helps Ilona find her American voice – and her way — in this Welcoming Story.