Butler University’s Efroymson Diversity Center and Student Government Association Late Night present Jackson’s Run, an Indianapolis premiere and the screen debut of Butler sophomore Richie Berner, on January 24 at 7:00 PM in the Atherton Union Reilly Room.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Berner and filmmakers Dan Lennox and Chris Robinson will participate in a post-screening conversation.
Jackson’s Run tells the story of a troubled teen suffering from a life-threatening disease who struggles to overcome his fear of death as he searches for purpose and true meaning before he succumbs to his disease. The movie won Best Picture at the 2013 CMM (Churches Making Movies) Film Festival.
“The film focuses a lot on purpose,” Lennox and Robinson said. “In life you can have many purposes that prepare and train you, but these purposes are what ultimately lead you to your destiny…. As filmmakers of Jackson’s Run, we intended to create a film that would emotionally and spiritually impact our audience.”
Berner, an International Business major at Butler, started acting as a child at Red Mask Theatre in Danville, Illinois, the hometown of award-winning actors Dick Van Dyke and Gene Hackman. He has been acting and modeling for seven years, and he filmed an FDA smokeless tobacco commercial that is set to air nationally in April.
“Dan and Chris are both genius filmmakers,” Berner said. “Their work in Jackson’s Run has touched many people’s lives. This movie is an important one too, for the messages revealed in it are much needed in today’s modern society where forgiveness, understanding, and love can be hard to find.”