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Doc community rallies around “Big River Man” director

The doc community is rallying around John Maringouin (pictured), attempting to crowdfund US$64,000 to help the Big River Man director treat a potentially fatal tumor.
August 7, 2012

The doc community is rallying around John Maringouin (pictured), attempting to crowdfund US$64,000 to help the Big River Man director treat a potentially fatal tumor.

Maringouin, whose other documentaries include Running Stumbled and Just Another Day in the Homeland, was recently diagnosed with a tumor in his lung which, as of last week, has collapsed.

As he is without healthcare insurance, he needs to quickly raise $214,000 for an operation to treat the tumor, and will not be able to book a procedure without providing a down-payment of nearly $60,000.

The campaign was started by director Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man) in a bid to help out his friend and colleague.

Writing on the campaign’s homepage, Kijak said: “Having seen our creative community rally around projects on Kickstarter, I have faith that we can rally around one of our own, one of the most gifted independent filmmakers (and father of one awesome little dude) that I know, and see to it that he gets the help he needs. Please join me and donate generously and swiftly.”

To find out more and donate, check out the John Maringouin Surgery Fund campaign page here: giveforward.com/johnmaringouinsurgeryfund

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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