Sun City Picture House
Director: David Darg
Executive Producers: Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde
Producer: Bryn Mooser
Sun City Picture House is the story of Raphael Louigene, a young Haitian man who loves movies. Raphael works at St. Damien’s children’s hospital in Port Au Prince and every Thursday he buries the dead at the city morgue with Father Rick Frechette, a Catholic priest. In contrast to this horrific task Raphael and Father Rick have a hope and vision for Haiti’s future. The film follows their journey as they look for the light and love from within the darkness.
Along the way Raphael recruits his two aid worker friends, Bryn and David, to help him achieve his dream of building the first movie theater since the devastating earthquake of January 2010. The team sets to work building the theater in a tent city filled with thousands of displaced Haitians. With the help of the community they rally together and work through a tropical storm and into the night to try and build the theater in four days.
Raphael's friend, the actress Maria Bello, joins in at the premiere bringing along one of her movies. In a beautiful culmination, Raphael passes out popcorn to the children and the cinema comes to life. Sun City Picture House is a joyful and moving story of a community torn apart by disaster then united through a common love for movies.
Web Site: www.suncitypicturehouse.com
Director: David Darg grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work on relief projects. David has spent 5 years as director of international disaster relief for Operation Blessing International. In that time David has worked in 30 different countries from Sudan to China and is currently based in Haiti. David surfs, plays music, takes photos and makes films.
Producer: Bryn Mooser is the Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and lives and works in Haiti. He just helped open APJ’s secondary school in Port au Prince, the only free secondary school serving the slums. Bryn lived in a hut in West Africa for two and half years building schools, then hitchhiked from Bangkok to Berlin. He speaks two African languages, Creole and parts of many more. Bryn is a musician, filmmaker and writer; he grew up in Los Angeles, New York City, Maine and Zimbabwe.
RYOT: David + Bryn founded RYOT.ORG to give a voice to the voiceless. Through news and creative media, RYOT highlights the most impacting humanitarian projects in the world.