The Bronx Documentary Center had a long history with the late James Foley. The slain journalist attended the organization’s Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) class and became a good friend there to many.
He also, through the center, took an active role in helping the family of Anton Hammerl, a South African freelance photographer who was killed in Libya in 2011. From a blog post by center director Mike Kamber:
James took the initiative to raise money for Hammerl’s family. The result: $135,000 for Anton’s childrens’ education and care. Many lament terrible events; James took action to make the world a better place… James changed the world in positive ways and was an immeasurably braver and more decent man than those who took his life.
On Saturday, September 6, the center will be remembering Foley in kind, hosting a special fundraiser screening of Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza‘s documentary First to Fall. There will also be a panel discussion with the pair, RISC colleagues of Foley’s, moderated by New York Times deputy international editor Michael Slackman.[Tickets are $21.69 (with service fee) and can be purchased here. All proceeds will be given to Foley’s family.]