JIMMY IN SAIGON is a feature-length independent documentary from Peter McDowell and executive producer Dan Savage. Peter’s eldest brother, Jim, died in Saigon in 1972 when Jim was 24 and Peter was only 5, and the film is an elegiac portrait that explores war, drug use, sexuality, and healing.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW for our Los Angeles benefit, on Wednesday, November 6th from 7-9pm at the Silverlake JCC, to help fund post-production costs (editing, sound, color, animation, titles, distribution) for this film, totaling $45,000. Together with benefits in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Champaign-Urbana, IL, we hope to hit our fundraising goal so we can finish the film and submit to Sundance in 2020.
The event will feature a new a 14 minute clip from the documentary-in-progress, a conversation between Peter and Jonathan Ames (creator of the HBO series Bored to Death and author of I Pass Like Night; The Extra Man; and What’s Not to Love?, among others), food from Gingergrass and the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, wine/beer, and a musical performance by local alternative folk trio JEMS.
We are also holding a silent auction featuring tickets to Disney Concert Hall, an ayurvedic consultation package, a piano lesson with pianist Inna Faliks, packages from Dan Savage himself, Pharos Fitness, Sage, Cookbook LA, Aesop, Silverlake Wine, Bon Vivant Market Cafe, The New California Barbershop, Bolt Cafe and Bakery, the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club and Zen Wellness! Additionally, take a bottle of wine or spirits home from our bottle pull!
Tickets are available now, and are in tiers: $40 (general admission) and $75 (benefactors – reserved seating included); with a $25 limited income ticket option as well. Buy your tickets before they sell out!
If you are unable to attend, we welcome any donations (tax-deductible) through our Fractured Atlas fundraising page.
We are wrapping up filming and beginning to edit a rough cut – your kind donations are what allow us to keep making progress and ultimately finish Jimmy in Saigon.
Thanks to our host committee for their generous participation in this event:
Sarovar Banka, Lisa Bellamore, Betty Bui, Meredith Carter, Todd Cochran, Pamela and Randy Dreyfuss, Inna Faliks, Paul and Sarah Bay Gachot, Jake Hetzer and Hannah Cramer, Brooke Jackson, Stosh Mintek and Dana Rizer, Arnold Rudnick, Dan Savage, Peter Schulman, Kate Tews, Wendy Travers Chao, Palencia Turner, Annamaria Viazzo, Robert Lee Watt, and Nate Zeisler