May 23rd Benefit for Christine Info
SCREENING OF ThinkFILM'S FUCK DOCU TO BENEFIT CO-PRODUCER BATTLING AGGRESSIVE CANCER
Proceeds of May 23 Los Angeles screening go to help find a bone marrow donor for 34-year-old woman who beat cancer four years ago. Director/producer Steve Anderson (THE BIG EMPTY) announced a special benefit screening of his new documentary FUCK at Los Angeles' Fine Arts Theater, with the proceeds to benefit FUCK co-producer Christine Pechera, who is dying from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and has only a few weeks to live if she cannot find a full-match bone marrow donor. The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. Suggested donation is $20 per person (or more). A question and answer session will follow, and FUCK CANCER wristbands will also be sold to benefit The Christine Pechera Foundation. FUCK (aka F*CK) (www.fourletterfilm.com), a thought-provoking examination of the implications of free speech and censorship documentary by director Steve Anderson (THE BIG EMPTY), contains interviews with over 30 media personalities including Hunter S. Thompson, Pat Boone, Alan Keyes, Sam Donaldson, David Milch, Morality In Media's Robert W. Peters, and Judith "Miss Manners" Martin. FUCK will be released theatrically by ThinkFilm in the fall. The 34-year-old Pechera beat cancer four years ago when a rare, very aggressive form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma gave her a tumor the size of a pineapple in her chest. She survived a devastating and extremely risky stem cell transplant, which was successful—her cancer had gone into remission. It was then that the filmmaker who first paid her dues working for Roger Corman making "rubber monster space movies" became involved with FUCK. And now the cancer is back. Initially two tumors were found, and Christine just underwent four days of intensive chemotherapy to fight off a new, third tumor. "Christine was amazing on our film." said Steve Anderson, producer/director of the film. "Her work ethic and enthusiasm was contagious. We felt this screening, to show this film she worked so hard on, was the least we could do for a member of the family."FUCK CANCER wristbands will be sold to raise money for The Christine Pechera Foundation. Of the wristbands Anderson said, "If there's a better use for the word `fuck,' I can't think of it." Thankfully, the National Marrow Donor Program has recently introduced buccal (mouth) swabs, so now getting tested is as simple as brushing a cotton swab inside your mouth for 40 seconds. Christine's best chance is to match a fellow Filipino—the odds are 1 in 20,000 for this, as opposed to 1 in 100,000 for a non-Filipino. Unfortunately, only 1% of the donors in the National Registry are Filipino, so Christine's friends (dubbed "Christine's Army") have been organizing donor drives to increase the number of Filipinos in the Registry. Christine's website, www.SaveChristine.com was set up to organize volunteer efforts to run bone marrow donor drives and help people register for self-test kits (mouth swabs). Government grants make self-tests are free for minorities. Donations can be made electronically or via mail through The Christine Pechera Foundation, which was set up to cover the expenses of testing Christine's relatives in the Phillipines (where testing is $285 per person) and defray Christine's costs.
The Fine Arts Theater is located at 8556 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, at the intersection of North Le Doux Road, one block west of La Cienega. Telephone is (310) 360-0455. For more information, call (310) 739-5178, email Save.Christine.Publicity@gmail.com, or visit http://www.SaveChristine.com