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‘HOLD THE LIGHT’ for DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: James P. Belcher, Jr.’s DVD of the April 30th Benefit Reading


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Richard P. Belcher, Jr. comes from a background in film production as a professional gaffer and lighting director. For 15 years he also produced his own films and videos before becoming a photographer. Follow his editing of the HOLD THE LIGHT video right here from this page, or at Richard’s Putah Creek Photo page now evolving at Facebook.


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Organized by PEN-Oakland, this benefit reading for Doctors Without Borders was staged at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California on the evening of Friday, April 30th, 2010.

Emcee: Wanda Sabir  |  Produced by Kim McMillon  |  James P. Belcher, who captured the poet-performers on DVD video, is in the process of editing his footage. Part of this process entails trimming each reading down to 10-minute units, the maximum duration that YouTube allows for general uploads.


PEN-Oakland thanks the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California for hosting this fundraising event in the wake of earthquakes that devastated Haiti, Chile and Tibet.

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Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California ~ 1433 Madison Street ~ Oakland, CA 94612 ~ Phone: 51.0. 832.7600 ~

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California’s (ICCNC) Vision: “An exemplary and socially responsible Islamic and cultural center that helps engender consciousness and appreciation of Islamic and cultural values, ideals and ethics to generate a conscientious and socially responsible human being.”



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