Fundraiser for James Foley: Screening of First to Fall and Q+A

The Bronx Documentary Center family and RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues) are devastated by the loss of James Foley, who was killed this week in Syria by his captors. James had attended the RISC course at the BDC; he was a friend to many of us here. We remember James as a tremendously gifted journalist, warm and generous to his friends and colleagues and always ready to lend a hand. He was a man who gave without hesitation; a man who helped those in need.   

When a colleague, Anton Hammerl, was killed in Libya, James took the initiative to raise money for family of the slain journalist. The result: $135,000 for Anton’s childrens’ education and care. Many lament terrible events; James  took action to make the world a better place. He reported from some of the world’s most dangerous places, knowing and accepting the risks as being necessary to inform the world. James changed the world in positive ways and was an immeasurably braver and more decent man than those who took his life.

We mourn James Foley’s loss and will remember him. On Sept. 6th at 8pm, the BDC will host a fundraiser to honor his memory. Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza, RISC colleagues of James, will show their film, First to Fall. All proceeds will go to honoring James Foley’s memory as his family finds appropriate.

Mike Kamber, Director, Bronx Documentary Center

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Fri, September 5, 6 PM 
Bronx X Bronx Opening Reception 
A group show of contemporary and recent documentary photography and photojournalism by Bronx photographers.
Exhibition on view Sept. 5 - Oct. 12.

Sat, September 6, 8:15 PM 
Fundraiser for James Foley: Screening of First to Fall and Q+A. 2014. An intimate portrait of two young men who abandon their comfortable lives in Canada to fight in the revolution in their home country of Libya. Screening and Q&A with director Rachel Beth Anderson and co-director Tim Grucza, moderated by Lydia Polgreen, New York Times Deputy International Editor.

Suggested donation: $20, $10 Bronx Residents, 18 and under free. 
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Sat, September 13, 6 PM 
Bronx Artist Documentary Project Opening Reception 
Check out this exhibition documenting creativity at work in the Bronx, curated by the Bronx Documentary Center.
On view at the 
Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse,Bronx, NY, 10451, from Sept. 11 - Oct. 8.

Fri, September 19, 6-9 PM 
"Father Figure" Book Signing with Zun Lee 
Join photographer Zun Lee and some of the fathers and families featured in the project for this meet and greet and book signing. 
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