December 22nd Urbana Fundraiser

JIMMY IN SAIGON is a documentary exploring the 1972 mysterious death of Peter McDowell’s eldest brother, 24-year-old James. Executive produced by Dan Savage, JIS touches on themes of unspoken grief, family secrets, and honoring those lost long ago.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW for our Urbana, IL benefit on December 22nd from 4-6pm at Analog Wine Library at to help fund post-production costs (editing, sound, picture, animation, titles, distribution) for this film, estimated at $45,000. Together with benefits in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City, we hope to raise this full amount to finish the film and submit to Sundance in 2020. Producer/Director Peter McDowell was born and raised in Urbana-Champaign and graduated from Uni High in 1984 and University of Illinois in 1989.

The event will feature a 14 minute clip, a conversation between Peter and a special guest, and a holiday musical performance by the Temperley Carolers. Also included: a silent auction featuring items from Dan Savage, as well as local establishments and individuals such as Krannert Center, Cinema Gallery, Green Yoga Spa, Theodore Gray, International Galleries, Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, artist Ann McDowell, a handmade Cambodian Quilt, and more, a bottle pull (take a bottle of wine or spirits home!), and hors d’oeuvres & delicious wine from our venue, Analog Wine Library.

Tickets are available now, and are in tiers: $30 (general admission – one drink ticket included) and $50 (benefactors – two drink tickets and reserved seating included); with a $15 limited income ticket option as well. Buy your tickets now, before they sell out!

If you are unable to attend, we welcome any donations (tax-deductible) through our Film Independent fundraising page.

Filming and editing are still underway, and your kind donations aid in the completion of the film.

Thanks to our host committee for their generous participation in this event:

James Barham, Natalie Frankenberg, Kay Holley, Sylvie Khan, Andrea McDowell, Ann McDowell & Henry Szujewski, Mary McDowell, Nancy and Dean Olson, Maureen Reagan, Sasha Rubel, Dan Savage, Lily Szujewski, and Mike Trippiedi.