winner! best documentary

lovers film festival torino
(continental European premiere)

April 29-30, Cinema Massimo, Torino, Italy

(PAsT) West coast PREMIERE:
avfest sonoma

May 7-8, Cloverdale and Healdsburg, California

(past) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE:
OUTSHINE FESTIVAL MIAMI

April 24, 2:45pm at Regal Cinemas South Beach

Press Kit Download

(past): WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON
March 2022 at BFI Flare Festival

Information about past screening at BFI Flare London

DONATE HERE to make a tax-deductible gift. To make a quick, simple NON-tax deductible gift, you can send a Venmo donation to @jimmyinsaigon.

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 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.

Jimmy in Saigon will premiere 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