Student-filmmaker hopes Haiti documentary fuels funds for relief effort -

Student-filmmaker hopes Haiti documentary fuels funds for relief effort


As the death toll rises and destruction mounts in the wake of the earthquake that shook Haiti's core, the fall-out from the catastrophic quake is impacting the world, including right here in the St. Louis area.

A local high school senior recently filmed a documentary in Haiti. Now, he's hoping his film can generate funds for the relief effort.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Senior Jake Torchin spent last summer in Haiti filming a documentary about the building of a church and school, but he says it's really about hope.

"We are all human beings who desire to feel very connected," a woman's voice in the trailer of his movie says.

St. Margaret, a new school and church caught in the epicenter of the Haiti earthquake, has since come crumbling down. Jake has no idea how many of its students may have survived, and now, he wants to help.

He'll show his 28-minute documentary called "The Blessing of St. Margaret" tonight, featuring the least developed country in the western hemisphere -- now crippled after the massive earthquake and riddled with death and the destruction of schools, hospitals and government buildings.

Jake just finished editing the film one week before the earthquake hit. His original plan for the documentary was to shed light on the education challenges in Haiti. Now, he hopes his work can help to bring the basic necessities -- for and water -- to the people of Haiti.

"The Blessing of St. Margaret" shows Ladue Horton Watkins High School's Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 19.

Jake is requesting a $5 donation to view his documentary. All of the money raised will go to relief efforts in Haiti.

If you'd like to donate, checks can be made out and sent to:

Ladue DECA

1201 S. Warson Road

St. Louis, MO 63124

Here's a link to Jake's trailer:

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