SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS AS PART OF INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF EVENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HAITI
Portland, OR, Jan. 4, 2010 – Greg Bennick, humanitarian activist, and award-winning producer and writer will host the Portland screening of of the independent documentary, The Philosopher Kings, a film that reveals the untold stories and ordinary wisdom of the custodial staff at some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. This special press event and screening will be held on Sunday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland, OR. Doors will open to members of the press at 6pm and the film will begin at 7pm.
The screening is part of 100 Shows for Haiti
. A project calling on people from all over the world to hold an event between Jan 7th and 16th to raise awareness and funds for Haiti, still recovering for the earthquake of January 12th left hundreds of thousands dead, homeless, without access to clean water, and without medical care. The Philosopher Kings screening is just one of nearly one hundred events happening internationally the same week.
"The Philosopher Kings was shot in part on location in a remote village in Haiti that benefits directly from the money raised from these benefit shows. We'll be raising money for a doctor in Port au Prince who dreams of opening a public medical clinic in Jacmel Haiti, close to where the village is where we filmed the movie,” said producer Greg Bennick.
The critically-acclaimed and multiple award-winning documentary interweaves the triumphs and tragedies of eight custodians at the most prestigious colleges and universities in America. The film introduces viewers to one of the eight custodians, who works sometimes for almost 20 hours a day to allows him to send money home to La Source, Haiti. The funds allowed him and his brother Chrismedonne, who remained in Haiti to properly channel the water from the mountain into their village with basic PVC piping.
Josue Lajeunesse, the custodian from Princeton is from Haiti, and his home village of La Source, in the jungles near Jacmel, is one focus of our aid efforts through this series of shows around the world," said Bennick.
All proceeds from The Philosopher Kings screening and all other 100 Shows for Haiti events will be divided equally between two Haitian humanitarian organizations, One Hundred For Haiti, and Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees.
Bennick will be available for interview at 6:15 p.m. and will introduce the film at 7:00 p.m. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Bennick.
A preview of the The Philosopher Kings trailer is available at this url - http://www.philosopherkingsmovie.com/