Please join us for this special benefit screening for local filmmaker John Maringouin, who is raising money for his emergency lung surgery. All proceeds go to support the John Maringouin Surgery Fund: http://www.giveforward.com/johnmaringouinsurgeryfund
In February 2007 Martin Strel began an insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world's most dangerous river, the mighty Amazon. Martin is an endurance swimmer from Slovenia, who swims rivers - the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze to date - to highlight their pollution to the world. Martin is also a rather overweight, horseburger loving Slovenian in his fifties who drinks two bottles of red wine a day... even when swimming.
John Maringouin is a San Francisco–based artist and filmmaker. He makes tactile, situational films that focus on relationships between the visceral and the ephemeral. Professionally, he has crashed cars with Jackass, swum the Amazon with drunken Slovenes and sprinted back alleys at midnight with the Rolling Stones. His films have screened at festivals from Sundance to Moscow. In 2008, his documentary Running Stumbled was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2009, his film Big River Man received the World Cinema Cinematography Award.