Havana Curveball Youth Activism Showcase Involvement Request Letter


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A request letter to several organizations to participate in the Youth Activism Showcase portion of the December 5, 2013 event. We invited our guests to chat with the participating teens about their own community service projects during the after-party.

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Havana Curveball Youth Activism Showcase Involvement Request Letter

  1. 1. November 15, 2013 RE: Request for Involvement in Youth Activism Showcase HAVANA CURVEBALL - Sneak Preview Completion Fundraiser & Youth Activism Showcase A Film by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider Hello from PatchWorks Films - the award winning, San Francisco-based documentary film company of veteran filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider. PatchWorks Films is collaborating with Academy-Award nominated executive producer, Marc Smolowitz, and hosting a Sneak Preview Completion Fundraiser in San Francisco on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. The event will celebrate Youth Activism in the Bay Area and help raise finishing funds for HAVANA CURVEBALL, a beautiful coming-of-age film about their son Mica, the power of teen activism, and Cuba’s unique place in the world. Learn more at http://HavanaCurveball.info -- read the film description below. Based on your organizations incredible track record as an innovator in the fields of youth service and empowerment, we would like to invite your organization to participate in our Youth Activism Showcase, which will kick-start HAVANA CURVEBALL's long term initiatives to support youth activism across the country. By participating, you will help us realize the vision of this important project, while exposing your organization to our guests — a diverse cross section of Bay Area philanthropists and supporters of the film and its mission of empowering young people to do good in the world. Will you join our celebration of youth activism by participating? You can participate as presenters by simply allocating one staff person or dedicated volunteer to attend the event with a youth leader and provide materials describing your work. At the event, your organization and young person’s project will be listed in the event program, as well as in the prescreening slide show. Post the screening of the film, we request that the youth leader and the organizational representative position themselves at one of our five selected presenting tables to speak with guests about their work. Thank you for your kind consideration. Very best, Lisa Finkelstein Fundraising Event Producer - HAVANA CURVEBALL PatchWorks Films 663 7th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118 Tel: (415) 730-2150 lisafinkelstein@gmail.com
  2. 2. ABOUT THE FILM -- Mica is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age rite. An earnest kid, he took to heart his Rabbi’s requirement to help “heal the world.” Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans are poor and love baseball -- and that Cuba saved his grandpa’s life. On a hunch, his award-winning filmmaker parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba will throw him a curveball. Learn more at http://www.HavanaCurveball.info. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS -- Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider of PatchWorks Films are veteran husband and wife team who have been making award winning documentaries that explore contemporary social issues through intimate character stories since 1994. Their films have screened on public television, at film festivals, museums, community centers, public libraries, universities, and schools around the world. Notably, Ken's work as an editor has been recognized with an Emmy, a Peabody, a Columbia-Dupont, an Indie Spirit Award, and top awards at Sundance, along with an Oscar nomination. Learn more at http://www.PatchWorksFilms.net. ABOUT THE EVENT -- Sneak Preview Completion Fundraiser & Youth Activism Showcase at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street - San Francisco, CA 94115 (located in Japantown between Webster/Laguna), Thursday, December 5th, 2013 6:00pm Pre-reception & Silent Auction + 7:00pm Screening + 8:30pm After-party & Youth Activism Showcase. Tickets can be purchased at http://the8thinningstretch-eac2.eventbrite.com.