From a land of long, dark winters comes Steam of Life, a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. The highly acclaimed film will have its national broadcast premiere on POV next Tuesday, August 2, 2011, and Finnish centers and libraries around the country will be opening their doors to audiences for screenings and discussions before and after the broadcast. Find more screenings near you!

Phonebooth sauna featured in Steam of Life.

A phonebooth sauna, as seen in the documentary Steam of Life

San Diego, CA

Steam of Life
Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 6:00 PM
Come to a free, sneak preview screening of Steam of Life, hosted by the Pacific Beach/Taylor Library, located at 4275 Cass Street in San Diego. The film will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Kathrin Mautino, Honorary Consul of Finland. The event is co-sponsored by FinnFest 2011, which will be hosting a Finnish film festival in conjunction with the Month of Finland. To find out more, call 207-871-1700.

Portland, ME

Steam of Life
Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 5:30 PM
Come to a free, sneak preview screening of Steam of Life, hosted by the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. To find out more, call 207-871-1700.

Mikko Rissanen, featured in Steam of Life.

New York, NY

Steam of Life
Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 8:00 PM
Join Finland Center Foundation in New York for a free screening at Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue. Finland Center Foundation is the meeting point of Finnish and American culture, commerce and community, and supports the activities of Finnish-American organizations in the greater New York area. For more information, please call 646-704-8000.

St. Paul, MO

Steam of Life
Friday, September 16, 2011, 7:30 PM
Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc. (FACA) hosts a free screening at the International Institute of Minnesota. FACA is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs dedicated to preserving and promoting the cross cultural heritage of Americans of Finnish ancestry. To find out more, call 651-647-0191.

Naselle, WA

Steam of Life
Sunday, September 18, 2011, 2:00 PM
The Finnish American Folk Festival will be screening Steam of Life. This event is co-sponsored by the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters Lodge No. 2 and Appelo Archives Center. To find out more, email anita(at)

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Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.