Jimmy in Saigon is a feature documentary by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Peter McDowell and executive producer Dan Savage. Originally from Illinois, Peter chronicles the story of Jim, his eldest brother, and a Vietnam War veteran. In 1972, when Jim was 24 and Peter was only 5, Jim died under mysterious circumstances while living as a civilian in Saigon.
Through over 200 of Jim’s letters, candid interviews with Jim’s friends and family, and filming of the truth-seeking journey that led him across the United States, Vietnam, and France, Peter creates an elegiac work that examines grief, family secrets, war, drug use, sexuality, and healing, amounting to a celebration of a short but powerful life.
aGLIFF prism 35, AUSTIN TX
Sidewalk film festival, Birmingham AL
Interrobang film festival
Geena davis Bentonville film festival
FRAMELINE FESTIVAL SAN FRANCISCO
(BAY AREA premiere)
winner! best documentary
lovers film festival torino
(continental European premiere)
West coast PREMIERE:
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE:
OUTSHINE FESTIVAL MIAMI
WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON
March 2022 at BFI Flare Festival
You can also mail a check to Peter McDowell, 1525 Allesandro, Los Angeles, CA 90026. If you don’t need a tax deduction, make your check out to Peter McDowell. If you need a tax deduction, make it out to Film Independent. In this case, 7% will be retained by Film Independent and Jimmy In Saigon will receive 93% of the donation. Thank you!
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Jimmy in Saigon premiered at BFI Flare in London on March 19, 2022. We have raised $13,000 towards our current goal of $30,000 to fund the film’s distribution, and are seeking to bring in the remaining $17,000. If you are interested in learning more about investing in this project, please contact Peter; and for anyone who wants to help us, please click on the GIVE button below – many thanks!
PAST EVENTS 2020
Virtual Fundraiser hosted by PYGMALION | September 26th | INFO
PAST EVENTS 2019
Urbana Fundraiser | December 22nd | Analog Wine Library | INFO
NYC Fundraiser | November 17 | Parlour Lounge | INFO
Los Angeles Fundraiser | November 6 | Silverlake JCC | INFO
San Francisco Fundraiser | October 7 | INFO
Chicago Fundraiser | September 27 | INFO