Mel Gibson To Unveil "Apocalypto" In Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 29th 2006, 6:09 am
By: News On 6

GOLDSBY, Okla. (AP) -- Actor and director Mel Gibson plans to unveil his new movie "Apocalypto" during a special screening Friday in Oklahoma

The movie, set for a broader release on December 8th, will be shown in a 1,500 seat theater at the Riverwind Casino.

Gibson visited the casino in September for two private pre-screenings of the film.

Gibson is expected to attend the event, which is being hosted by the Chickasaw Nation.

His Oklahoma City publicist, Jhane Myers, says that Gibson previously has released his films in New York or Los Angeles. She says his decision to unveil "Apocalypto" in Oklahoma is his way of giving back to the Indian people.

She says Gibson will use the screening as a fundraiser and plans to match every dollar raised through ticket sales and corporate sponsorship, with proceeds to go to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, the Lupus Foundation-Oklahoma City Chapter, the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa and the Mayan people of Mexico.

Tickets for the show cost $55 apiece.