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MetroCast Sponsors Screening of “Jim: The James Foley Story” at Rochester Opera House March 11

03.15.16

MetroCast Communications presented a special screening of “Jim: The James Foley Story” to a near-capacity crowd at the Rochester Opera House Friday, March 11.

The award-winning documentary examines the life, death and legacy of freelance journalist James Foley, a Rochester native, who was kidnapped and executed by ISIS in 2014.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, winning the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary. It debuted on HBO® as part of its HBO Documentary Films® series earlier this month.  The MetroCast-sponsored event was the first public screening of the film in New Hampshire.

Directed by Brian Oakes, a close childhood friend, the documentary tells Foley’s story through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists. The film was produced by Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, and executive produced by Peter Kunhardt.

Admission to the event was free, but filmgoers were encouraged to donate to The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation (https://www.jamesfoleyfoundation.org/), which advocates for American hostages and their families, promotes a culture of global safety and press freedom in conflict zones, and empowers disadvantaged youth through education. 

MetroCast also made a $10,000 donation to the Foley organization through its MetroCast Foundation, which was established by the Harron family in 2007 to provide funding assistance to community-based causes.

Over 700 registrations were received for the screening, which was followed by a Q&A with Dr. John Foley and Mrs. Diane Foley, the parents of James Foley, and Mariann Murphy of the Foley Foundation.  The Q&A was moderated by Keke Vencill, NH1 anchor and special correspondent.