We Donate 5 Libraries to Elementary Schools in China

Almost exactly a year ago, we kicked off a series of charity screenings in support of the Library Project, a charity that donates libraries to elementary schools in rural China.

We wanted mostly to bring attention to a great little charity that is doing wonderful work in the area of literacy and education.

The very first of the 5 libraries that we’d be donating has been set up.  Xiang Zi Cha Elementary School is located in rural Lantian County in the Shaanxi Province of China.  The school has only 4 students in grades 1 and 2.

Library Project Xiang Zi Cha Elementary School

Bringing joy to these 4 kids is an amazing privilege and we look forward to the launch of the other 4 libraries.

XIang Zi Cha Elementary School 4 kids

But the greater joy is knowing that the Library Project has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, from 15 libraries to more than 120 libraries.  And there is still so much to be done!

Xiang Zi Cha Elementary School New Books

Urbane Magazine Presents Special Screening of Boomtown Beijing

The 2008 Paralympics kicked off last Saturday with a moving and nuanced opening ceremony. Alas, the media attention given to the Paralympians pales in comparison to the coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

We were surprised therefore when Urbane magazine approached us with a proposal for a special screening during the Paralympics.

Urbane is China’s only English-language monthly magazine devoted to architecture, design, lifestyle, travel and real estate.

One Last Chance to Catch Boomtown Beijing! Free Admission

Don’t miss this chance to watch this documentary about the Beijing Olympics!

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time: 5-8pm

Place: Bar Blu: Sanlitun - 4/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District

Free admission, refreshments and giveaways.
Space is limited. Advance registration requested
RSVP to Nancy Ding at 58207700 ext 853 or marketing@urbanechina.com

Buy Boomtown Beijing DVD –Support the World Survivor-thon

I love that quote by playwright, Samuel Beckett: ” I can’t go on, I still go on ”

Boomtown Beijing is a film about ordinary people who finds the courage and dignity to keep going on. Hence we are delighted to lend our support to the World Suvivorthon, sponsored by the Blog of Dreams.  The World Survivor-thon is a marathon of the human heart, celebrating individual triumph over adversity.

The recruitment of survivor-thon supporters and participants, by you, will begin on the 8th day of the 8th month of the 8th year at 8 o’clock AM China time. The survivor- thon will culminate in a one-day, 24-hour event that celebrates individual triumph over adversity on the 9th day of the 9th month of the 8 year. But the real work begins now! Here is how you can help:

  • Purchase the DVD and/or poster of the film Boomtown Beijing.

You can purchase the DVD via PayPal by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button below.


You can purchase the movie poster via PayPal by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button below.

Film Director, Tan Siok Siok, will autograph all DVDs and movie posters purchased during the World Survivorthon campaign.

  • Make a direct donation to one of the charities here.  The Library Project, Sichuan Earthquake Volunteer Teachers and the China Dreamblogue.
  • Involve friends, family and businesses a) by inviting people to join our campaign on Facebook b) encouraging pledges c) posting messages, photos and stories of success during the survivor-thon.
  • Check our very own slick and cutting edge Facebook application! Thanks to Involver!

    One Last Chance to Catch Olympic Documentary in Beijing

    This weekend will be your last chance to catch our film, Boomtown Beijing, in China’s capital city.

    One Last Chance to Catch Olympic Documentary!

    It is perhaps apt that this documentary about the Beijing Olympics will end its run right before the summer games are about to start. When we started this series of screenings at Salud in Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, many people told us that it is not feasible to screen an independent documentary for so many consecutive weeks in China. Most indie films are shown once or twice and then they are never heard of again.

    We are glad we persisted with the screenings. Please do tell your friends about our final set of screenings during the weekend before the Olympics.

    Date: Sat Aug 2nd and Sun Aug 3rd
    Time: 3 pm
    Admission: 50 RMB. Proceeds go towards The Library Project.

    For full details of the screenings, check out our posting on City Weekend Beijing.

    Back by Popular Demand at Sinema Old School in Singapore

    For those of you who missed the April screenings BOOMTOWN BEIJING, during the Singapore International Film Festival, you now have another chance to catch the film at Sinema Old School in the month of July:

    Thurs July 3 — 9pm
    Sat July 5 - 9pm
    Sun July 6 - 7pm
    Sun July13 - 5pm

    Mon July 14- 3 pm
    Sat  July 19 - 11 am
    Sat July 26 - 6 pm

    Venue: Sinema Old School
    11 Mount Sophia Road

    For ticketing details contact Sinema Old School

    Boomtown Beijing:Encore Screenings in China’s Capital

    Our film, Boomtown Beijing made its China debut in Beijing on April 20 2008.  Since then, we have done a tour of China’s top universities and screenings in the major Chinese cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian and Suzhou.

    Olympics Documentary Encore Screenings in Beijing

    As the 2008 Olympics fast approaches, we return to China’s capital for a series of encore screenings.  You  now have another chance to catch the film.


    Sat 5th July to 3rd August

    Time:  Every Sat and Sun 3 - 5pm

    Venue: SALUD, 66 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District

    Donation: 50 RMB .  Proceeds go towards the Library Project Earthquake Relief Program

    This series of screenings is presented by Sino Hotel Reservation.com, Salud Bar and MyChinaChannel

    We want to say a big thank you to Winser Zhao from Sino Hotel Reservation for doing all the legwork in making this series of screenings happen.  Winser first saw the film during the China premiere on April 20th and has taken it upon himself to promote the film so it can be seen by as many people as possible.

    Boomtown Beijing’s Suzhou Premiere

    Olympics documentary, Boomtown Beijing, makes its debut in the scenic town of Suzhou, thanks to the hard work of Rebecca Trigger from the Suzhou Bookworm, a English lending library, restaurant and cultural events centre.

    Road Sweeper and His Olympics Dream

    Date: Fri 13th June

    Time: 7:30pm

    Venue: The Bookworm
    Number 77 Gunxiu lane,
    corner of Shiquan Street and Ping Qiao Zhijie.
    Suzhou, Jiangsu.

    Proceeds go towards the Library Project Earthquake Relief Program

    Boomtown Beijing goes to Shanghai

    Since the debut of our film in Beijing on April 20th, our Shanghai friends have been asking us, “when will the film be coming to Shanghai?”

    We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a series of screenings at the ARCH, 439 Wukang Lu, Xuhui near Huaihai Zhong Lu.

    Media Preview — Sat 31st, May 8-10 pm. By invitations only. This event is open to members of the media and potential event partners. If you are interested in attending the preview or know of someone we should invite, drop us an email at boomtownbeijing@gmail.com

    Public Screenings — 3rd, June and 7th, June (8pm –10pm)

    Admissions: 100 RMB per person for movie with free flow of wine. For details, go here

    All proceeds will go towards the Library Project Earthquake Relief program.

    Watch the trailer for the film here:

    Boomtown Beijing: 2008 China Olympics documentary film

    Beijing Olympics film:Charity Screening at British Consulate in Guangzhou

    We need to say a big thank you to Lonnie Hodge and David Degeest from Culture Fish Media and the Dreamblogue for facilitating this event at the British Consulate in Guangzhou.

    We also appreciate Jim Hollington, director of culture and education section at the consulate for lending us the premises and his personal support for the fundraiser.

    Date: Wed 14th May 2008

    Time: 8pm


    Cultural and Education Section
    British Consulate-General Guangzhou
    7th Floor, Teem Tower
    208 Tianhe Road
    Guangzhou 510620

    All proceeds from event will go towards The Library Project’s Earthquake Relief initiative, to donate libraries and offer education assistance to schools destroyed by the earthquake in Sichuan, China. Details available soon on the Library Project website.

    100th day countdown charity screenings

    Wed 30th April marks the 100th day in the countdown to the Beijing Olympics. There will be two screenings of Boomtown Beijing on that day in Beijing and Xian, China.

    Beijing Olympics documentary film 2008 China Olympics torch relay ?? ?? 2008 ???? ????

    100th Day Countdown Charity Screening in BEIJING

    Date : 30 April 2008

    Time: 7:30pm — 9:30pm
    Place: Passby Restaurant
    Add: 114 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
    Admission:50 RMB per person. All proceeds are donated to the Library Project, a
    charity that builds libraries for rural elementary school students.

    RSVP at the Facebook event page here.

    100th Day Countdown Charity Screening in Xian

    Date: Wed 30th April

    Time: 8pm -10pm

    Place: Xiangzimen Youth Hostel, Xian

    Admission:30 RMB per person. All proceeds are donated to the Library Project, a
    charity that builds libraries for rural elementary school students.

    RSVP at the Facebook event page here.

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