By MARGIE NETZEL - For the Star Beacon
Jamey Dalrymple’s breath catches in her throat when she sees she has a message from her cousin, Rocky Braat.
Braat’s messages are always full of interesting tales of fun and curiosity and heartbreaking stories of sickness and death.
Braat, of Geneva, is living in India and is on a mission to help HIV-infected orphans find both joy and vocation. His journey was captured in the Sundance Film Festival winning documentary “Blood Brother.”
Braat’s family is selling tickets to a special screening of the film at the Ashtabula Towne Square cinema. The screening, to be held Nov. 26 at 7 p.m., will feature a question and answer session with cinematographer John Pope and will raise funds to support Braat’s work in India.
Dalrymple said she is excited to show her cousin’s humanitarian work to his hometown.
“Rocky has always kept in touch with my parents, especially my mom, so she would always tell me how he was and what he was up to,” she said. “A few years ago, I went to his blog (www.wemustsotheycan.com) and started reading about what he was doing and learning about the children, the laughter, the tears, the triumphs, the struggles and realized he was doing something amazing! He and I will chat when we can via Facebook but he in a different time zone so our schedules don't always match up.”
Dalrymple said she saw “Blood Brother” at a special screening in Pittsburgh and said she was “blown away” by the film.
“I started to keep up with all the updates on how the film was doing at various film festivals around the world and came across TUGG.com, which was making it possible to bring the film to your town for a one night screening,” she said.
Now Dalrymple must sell at least 79 tickets to the charity movie screening or the event will be canceled.
“My request for a screening was accepted, and as long as we sell at least 79 tickets, it will be shown in Ashtabula,” she said. “This is an amazing film!”
Tickets are $11 each and can be purchased at www.tugg.com/events/5549. All proceeds from ticket sales will fund Braat’s work with HIV/AIDS infected children.
Dalrymple said she hopes people will come forward with other fundraising ideas to support Braat’s mission, especially churches looking for international outreach.
“If anyone would like to help Rocky, there is a link to donate directly at www.bloodbrotherfilm.com,” she said. “There is also a link there to purchase a unedited journal of Rocky's journey. It is filled with stories Rocky has compiled over the years and also gorgeous pictures that Rocky and some of the children have taken.”
Right now Braat, a Geneva High School graduate, is still living in India with Nimmy, his wife of two years.