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"SEEN THINGS" - REUNITE SAMUEL M. WITH HIS FAMILY

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BENEFITING: SOLDIER CHILD INTERNATIONAL

EVENT DATE: Dec 14, 2014

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THE STORY:

"SEEN THINGS"

A NIGHT OF EXTRAORDINARY ART & MUSIC 

TO HELP REUNITE THE FAMILY OF OUR FRIEND SAMUEL M.

CO-PRESENTED BY: STUPID PILLS and SOLDIER CHILD   

SUN, DEC 14, 2014 @ HYPERION TAVERN  doors 6PM / show 7:30

TO ATTEND EVENT PLEASE READ ON... 

CAN'T ATTEND? PLEASE CONTRIBUTE ANYWAY!

100% of donation goes to cause.

Donations are completely tax deductable.

 

TO ATTEND EVENT or CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUND...

1. Click orange “DONATE” button at top right of this page and follow directions.

2.  Suggested minimum donation to attend is $25 per person. Pay what you can afford. This is a great cause!!

3. Beware of the "optional" CrowdRise charge listed on your pre-payment total, you do not have to pay this! 

4. Your name will be on a list at the door of the event if you are attending. There will be no tickets issued.

5. All donations to Samuel are going through the 501(c)3 nonprofit, Soldier Child, and are tax deductible. Note that your "thank you" email from CrowdRise will say that your donation was made to "Network for Good," which is how CrowdRise  processes donations on their way to Soldier Child. 

6. THANK YOU!!

 

ABOUT THE EVENT...

WHO WILL BE PERFORMING?

LA FOG

PRISM PIPE

MC HYMNAL

DAVE RALICKE

DODO MUNOKO

EARTH LIKE PLANETS

​KAOS / BEN CALDWELL

and more... 

 

DOOR PRIZES: 

PINATA LAB
COOKBOOK
OTHERWILD
LAURA CHERRY
SILVERLAKE WINE
MOHAWK GENERAL STORE
THE CHEESE STORE OF SILVER LAKE
A PHOTO W INSTAGRAM STAR MR. SNEAKY
A FANTASTIC RESTAURANT (ANONYMOUS FOR NOW)
...and more TBA!

 

EVERYTHING ELSE...

The Facts:

  • Samuel is one low-key, whip-smart dude who likes to laugh, solve problems, and look sharp regardless of circumstances.
  • He's also a heroic whistleblowing documentarian falsely charged with espionage. He cannot go back home to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for fear of being jailed, tortured, or killed.
  • After escaping from a DRC prison, he has not seen his wife or 3-year old son in almost two years. That hurts.
  • A lawyer by trade, a filmmaker by passion, exiled in LA, he currently works part time as a security guard at a drug store in Echo Park.


The Plan:

     Your donations go to pay:

  • Samuel's immigration lawyer, Vivek Mittal, (who has graciously given us a 75% discount on his fee!) to work on several approaches to bring Samuel's wife and son, Justine and Valentin, to LA.
  • filing fees for visas and government costs associated with gaining asylum.
  • airline tickets for Justine and Valentin once the best plan is in place.

To do all this we are putting together an unforgettable night of art, music and performance featuring artists from around the world as well as an ongoing fundraiser at this site to raise the $10,000+ needed to bring the family together here in LA after a stressful separation.

Backstory:

Samuel M. spent the first 25 years of his life in DRC, a war-torn country sadly dubbed "The Rape Capital of the World." Congo is a beautiful but poor country with a long history of being exploited for its vast mineral riches by "first-world" nations such as ours.

Setting aside his training in law and his work in a Kinshasa film studio, Samuel set out in May 2012 with a small crew to make a documentary about corruption and sexual violence in his country. After conducting many interviews over a period of weeks with victims (who spoke openly of being raped and beaten by government, army, and police officials), Samuel and his crew were severely beaten by government security forces while asleep in their hotel and imprisoned on (erroneous) charges of espionage.

Samuel's left eye was badly damaged and he spent days in his cell, alone crying in pain. Finally a guard took sympathy on him, believed his innocence, and helped him to escape from prison, telling him that he was scheduled to be executed within days.

From there, Samuel made an amazing year long escape from Congo, hiding and running from authorities, using false names, and finally making his way to the USA with the assistance of Mark Murphy, executive director at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Now:

Here in LA, Samuel has good and bad days. In the dull hours he works as a security guard, he plans his future, memorizes emails he will write to his wife and son, and tries to make sense of all the horror he has seen. He goes to church, reads, and explores his strange new home. As he gets on his feet, he's resuming his film project and will one day return to Congo to continue fighting against the corruption and violence that have destroyed so many lives. But first comes loved ones...

BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER!

 

 

 

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$4,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Paul Gachot

    $100

  • Sarah Bay Williams

    $100

  • Neil Abramson

    $100

  • kelly hargraves

    $25

  • Ben Proudfoot

    $100

  • Cyndi & Michael Ross

    $100

  • Mark Allen

    $100

  • Team Gachot

    $250

  • Stupid Pills

    $300

  • marianna baker

    $100

  • kate

    $50

  • jennifer johannes

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jessica Fleischmann

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ella and Anouk

    $60

  • Kimberly Reiss & Todd Walker

    $25

  • John Tallacksen

    $44

  • Line Postmyr

    $100

  • April & Liberty Fritz

    $50

  • Donna Dennison

    $50

  • Production PA Posse (dan,max,mariska,kyle/s,mike, yule, benny, luke)

    $100

  • The Citron family

    $100

  • The Furies

    $100

  • Amon-Franceschi Family

    $250

  • Rosanne & Karsten

    $100

  • richard & kathleen

    $25

  • nugent family

    $50

  • Moldo Family

     

  • Unthem

    $100

  • JASON EVANS

    $200

  • lesley meyer

    $50

  • Cody Montgomery

    $50

  • Trevor and Adele

    $100

  • Zach and Mina Chassler

    $50

  • bee

    $50

  • Kennard & Suzanne

     

  • Jim & Karen

     

  • M Murphy

    $50

  • Twenty Five Dollars

    $25

  • Money raised by those who attended the benefit 12/14 - THANK YOU ALL!!!

    $400

  • Shanah Blevins

    $100

  • Adam y Rebeca

    $109

  • Adams/Talkington

    $100

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $4,100 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Stupid Pills

Amount Raised

$1,500

Fundraiser Title

Neil Abramson

Amount Raised

$1,362

 

11% Raised of $12,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Gachot

Amount Raised

$763

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Bay Williams

Amount Raised

$450

Donor Comments

Adams/Talkington

Adams/Talkington

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Adam y Rebeca

Adam y Rebeca

DONATION: $109

3 years ago

Shanah Blevins

Shanah Blevins

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Twenty Five Dollars

Twenty Five Dollars

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

M Murphy

M Murphy

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Jim & Karen

Jim & Karen

3 years ago

Kennard & Suzanne

Kennard & Suzanne

3 years ago

bee

bee

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Zach and Mina Chassler

Zach and Mina Chassler

DONATION: $50

3 years ago