At this year’s “Songs from the Cinema,” Hollywood a-listers came out in droves to raise money for Artists for Peace and Justice, an organization that “supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts.”
Hosted by Susan Sarandon and Olivia Wilde at a small club in Los Angeles, this very intimate event featured amongst others, Adam Sandler, Sharlotte Gibson, Alethea Mills, Chavonne Stewart and Rufus Wainwright who performed movie theme songs for a star-studded audience and APJ’s biggest donors.
According to Variety.com, a video presentation displayed the work APJ is doing in Haiti with a high school and an artists’ institute, adding that “Haiti is a country that merits being thought of in first-world terms.”
In a statement for the Haitian Times, CEO David Belle added: “Songs from the Cinema is a remarkable showing of artists from so many backgrounds united in solidarity with the work of APJ to bring dignified education and training in creative industries to Haiti. We all just love this event. It really highlights the power of creativity and the power of artists working together to create positive impact in the world.”
Also in attendance was Haiti’s own, singer Paul Beaubrun, actor Jimmy Jean-Louis and actress Garcelle Beauvais. Its second year in the making, organizers plan to keep the venue a secret to deter large crowds.