Although Channing Tatum's highly-anticipated romantic drama 'Dear John' will have a traditional premiere in Los Angeles prior to it's February 5th release next year, Sony has graciously allowed Charleston-based Carolina Autism to hold a special premiere benefiting the organization, and the cool part is that fans will be able to attend.
Carolina Autism is a charitable agency that treats children with autism for free, and they also worked on the set of 'Dear John'. Because of the current economic conditions and the high unemployment rate in South Carolina, many families are unable to get treatment for their children with autism. The makers of 'Dear John' generously offered to have this premiere in Charleston for the benefit of those children through Carolina Autism's "Push for Kids" program.
All the money raised during the charity event will go to help children from around the state of South Carolina like Braeden (a very talented and autistic child who stars in the movie with Chan) to get the treatment they need.
Sony Pictures is working to make sure that Chan, his co-star Amanda Seyfried, and the rest of the film's stars are able to attend the event that will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2010, and Carolina Autism told me that "Dear John" author Nicholas Sparks is going to also try to be there, as well as the director Lasse Hallström.
The movie will be shown at the Hippodrome Theater on the Charleston waterfront, and the after-party will be held in the adjacent South Carolina Aquarium where movie goers will be exclusive guests in an after hours wonderland.
Tickets can be purchased online with no administration or processing fees, so every dollar goes to treat children with autism. Fans can learn more and purchase tickets at www.DearJohnCharlestonPremiere.com.
As many of you know, the movie was filmed in the Charleston, South Carolina area and you can CLICK HERE to read about all of the local fan encounters from on and off the set of the film, HERE to watch the trailer, and HERE to check out all of the photos from the film and set in the CTU Photo Gallery.
'Dear John' is scheduled for a February 5, 2010 release in the US, but fans can find more international release dates on the CTU Calendar.