Tanzania: A Journey Within, LA Film Premiere
The Los Angeles Premiere of Tanzania: A Journey Within took place on Friday, May 2nd, at The Laemmle NoHo 7 Theater in North Hollywood, California, followed by the After-Party, held at The Federal Bar. This event was the official premiere for this beautiful documentary, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning director, Sylvia Caminer. The film stars Venance Ndibalema and Kristen Kenney, two individuals who met at the University of Miami, that take a trip halfway around the world to visit Ven’s tribe and birth-place. Malaria No More, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives from the terrible virus in Africa, and Tugg Inc. both aligned with the film to raise money for the cause. You can go on to Tugg.com to bring the film to a theater near you and for every ticket that is purchased, the proceeds will go to providing the necessary tools they need to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. The following celebrities attended and walked the red carpet on behalf of the film and Malaria No More:
Kristen Kenney (Tanzania: A Journey Within), (Venance Ndibalema), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Windell Middlebrooks (Body of Proof), Antonio Jaramillo (Savages), Annika Marks (The Sessions), Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jenny O’Hara (Mystic River), Alimi Ballard (Numb3rs), Lauren Mayhew (American Pie: Band Camp), Julia Price (Singer), Liv Von Oelreich (Masters of Sex), Chase Mowen (GRACE.), Austin Macdonald (Life with Boys), Joey Luthman (The Goldbergs), Sam Desalu (Celebrity Stylist), Ryan Simpkins (Anguish), Pete Freeland (Car Science).
-Venance being photographed in his self-designed “Kwanini” branded hat.
-Kristen Kenney and Julia Price sporting their Malaika for Life Bracelets, buy a bracelet, save a life (which were also displayed and purchased at the after party).
-Sylvia, Kristen, and Venance discussing the film with the audience in a Q & A Session after the showing of the film.
-Guests nibbling on delicious tapas provided by The Federal Bar including buffalo chicken skewers, mac and cheese balls, and veggie spring rolls.
-Guests, like Sharon Lawrence, leaving with a hefty gift bag (sponsors listed below).
-True Blood’s Kelly Overton sharing this moving experience with her close friend.
-Body of Proof’s Windell Middlebrooks discussing Tanzania with the film’s director and stars, Sylvia Caminer, Venance and Kristen.
The Laemmle NoHo 7 Theater in North Hollywood, California
The Federal Bar
Malaika For Life
Additional Sponsors Include:
Whole Foods, Glasswing Floral, Arty Artichoke Water, The Leakey Collection, Vitabath, Afrika Fifty6, Seeds of Happiness, Kwanini, and Poppy & Pinecone.
Bring Tanzania: A Journey Within to a theater near you:
About the film:
He hails from the cradle of mankind. She’s led a privileged life in America. Together they journey from the heights of Kilimanjaro to the depths of an AIDS ravaged village where malaria is also an ever-present threat. Inspired by the indomitable spirit of the Tanzanian people, they find an inner strength that will ultimately save thousands of lives.
For more on the film visit: http://tanzaniathemovie.com/team.html
About Malaria No More:
Malaria No More is working to make sure every family in Africa has timely access to the tools they need to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. Mosquito nets (or LLINs) are the surest way to prevent malaria. To date, we've helped distribute nets in 17 African countries. In Fall 2013, we launched Power of One, a campaign to deploy rapid diagnostic tests and artemisinin-based combination treatments to reduce malaria deaths in children. Health Education: Developed in partnership with Lalela Project, our innovative NightWatch initiative is engaging mobile platforms and African leaders, from international music icons to local sports heroes and African presidents, to deliver lifesaving health education to ensure families sleep under nets and seek timely testing and treatment.
For more on Malaria No More visit: www.malarianomore.org/