PLATTSBURGH - Jared J. Hogle said he's become aware of serious issues which face teenagers today through his role as a teacher with the Plattsburgh City School District.
Though many may tend to think of tragedies like drug and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide happening in much larger communities, the truth is they can happen anywhere, said Hogle.
"Kids cut themselves, there are shootings in schools. There are tons of serious issues that kids deal with on a daily basis," said Hogle.
When Hogle learned of "To Save a Life," an independent film about depression and suicide, he felt it would be a film that would ignite conversation among teens and their families, giving a poignant look at what can often be a taboo subject.
"It's a serious outreach that I thought our community needs," he said.
However, getting the film here wasn't easy. When he learned the film wasn't planned to be released in the Plattsburgh area, Hogle contacted Samuel Goldwyn Films, distributor of the movie, making a plea to consider the idea.
"I called them and called them and called them and begged them to get it here," said Hogle. "They weren't going to do it because you have to show they'd have at least a thousand tickets sold the first weekend."
Hogle didn't give up. He went as far as e-mailing the film company to tell them he would buy the 1,000 tickets himself to get the film to come to Plattsburgh.
"When they saw that e-mail they called me and told me not to worry about buying the tickets and that they'd make sure it gets there," he said.
All the company asked was that Hogle reach out to as many people as possible to boost interest and potential viewership for the movie. So, he has. Hogle has been reaching out to youth groups, school administrators and anyone else he can to let them know about the week-long showing, which premieres this Friday, Feb. 26, at Cumberland 12 Cinemas.
"If it does well, it may stay around for a few weeks, which would be really awesome," said Hogle, who noted ticket sales will determine that outcome.
Craig M. Cathers, the theater's manager, said he's excited to offer To Save a Life as the most recent in a line of independent films at Cumberland 12.
"I think it's something everyone really needs to see," said Cathers. "We're very happy Jared was able to get the information around and got it to our film booker. We're really happy to bring it here and we hope we get a good audience for it."
"There's only 300 copies nationwide and we get one of them," Cathers added. "And, there's only roughly 4,000 screens in the United States. That's pretty impressive."
Showtimes for To Save a Life will be at 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, and 10 p.m. More information is available by calling Cumberland 12's movie line at 324-3777 or visiting the theater's Web site at www.cumberland12.com. The film is Rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 120 minutes.