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Movie screening to help raise funds to send student to college

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The producers of a yet-to-be-released thriller film hope donations from a private screening next week in St. Charles will help send a student to college.

Mike Peterka, consultant for the film company Visionary Productions, said the screening is open to the public, and he hopes to fill about 1,000 seats at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, on Tuesday. The film, “P.U.L,” which stands for “Project Urban Legend,” will start at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m.

The screening is free, but donations of any amount are encouraged to help send Illinois Bruins baseball player Bryce Cantrall, 18, of West Chicago to college.

Peterka said the mission of his nonprofit organization, The Somebody Fund, is to send as many deserving students to college as possible. Peterka said Cantrall has lost both of his parents and has had “a tough go,” which is why he was selected as a recipient.

“We’re going to collect a pot of money and send some good kids to school,” he said. “We’re going to interview kids and if they’ve got a true dream, then we’re gonna launch it.”

Peterka said the movie that will be shown Tuesday was shot as a “found footage documentary,” filmed in the same vein as “The Blair Witch Project.” It’s rated PG-13 and does not contain any foul language. The film is centered around a group of college students who suddenly vanish and no one knows what happened to them.

He said the goal is to release the film to theaters by late October or early November, and he’s hopeful that it will hit theaters all over the world.

“We have distribution partners that want to go to 2,500 theaters nationwide, and then global,” he said.

Peterka said if the company sees success with its debut film, they’ll consider stationing its operating base in St. Charles because that’s where many of the company’s shareholders call home. And Peterka, also known as “Super P-It-Forward” – with the “P” standing for Peterka – said he also hopes the company is successful so they can help send as many students as possible to college through The Somebody Fund.

“I’m on a personal mission to prove to this country that people still care, and that’s from my mother,” he said. “We are starting a movement called ‘Super P-It-Forward.’ My mom’s been gone eight years, and she’s still trying to help the world through her only son.”

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