ASAPs first Brooklyn fundraiser was not your typical charity soiree. Instead of a luncheon or lecture, friends and supporters cozied up at the Brooklyn Brainery on May 7th for a party and screening of TRANSKEI TERROR, a short zombie film made by ASAP volunteers-turned-board-members, Andy O’Neill and Alex Richards.
“We spent most of our time in the Eastern Cape teaching grant writing, building databases, hosting workshops and tutoring,” says Alex, a writer and artist, “but we also wanted a fun, visual way to remember South Africa.” The result is a wacky horror film starring several staff members of Hlomelikusasa (one of ASAPs rural community groups) and two dozen of the remarkable children they care for. “Through filming Transkei Terror, we were able to capture the landscape, the Xhosa dialect, and some of our friends.”
The 7 minute zombie movie was screened alongside ASAPs hard-hitting documentary video to a roomful of patrons as they mingled and enjoyed several sponsored goodies. Beer was generously donated by Chatham Brewery in upstate New York; yummy vanilla ice cream from trendy Van Leeuwen in Brooklyn; and artisan candy from Papabubble was the door prize for anyone who felt compelled to donate to the cause.
Andy adds, “Our main objective was to have fun and wise people up to the important work ASAP is doing in South Africa.” And that’s exactly what they did. Special thanks goes out to Hallie Goodman for helping put the event together!