The name "Bradenton" is being prominently featured on movie screens across the country.
But it's not the city name. Not exactly. A young actor named B. Bradenton Harper is the star of a new independent Christian movie called "The Current."
Harper, whose friends call him Bailee, was born in Bradenton and named after the city. He lived here until he was 3. He's now 14 and lives in Green Bay, Wis.
Scott Patterson, the film's screenwriter and producer has been renting theaters around the country and spreading the word to local churches.
A screening is tentatively scheduled Dec. 19 for the Carmike Cinema in Bradenton. But it will only happen if at least 78 people buy tickets in advance. (As of Wednesday, only two tickets had been sold.)
People who want to see it can go to www.tugg.com to order tickets. If fewer than 78 are sold, the screening will be canceled and everyone will get a refund.
Harper plays a Chicago teenager who loves the big city. He's in a convenience store during an armed robbery, and his parents decide to move to rural Minnesota and buy a campground.
He hates it there until he meets a friend who lives across the river and begins a spiritual journey.
B. Bradenton Harper's father, David, plays his father in the film. It's the first movie for the father-son duo who have a lot of community theater experience in Green Bay.
The movie's been getting good response from audiences, Peterson said, and was a finalist for a Kairos Prize for spiritually uplifting screenplays.
Response has been so strong, Peterson said, that there's been some talk about a wide theatrical release, in which case the DVD release would be postponed.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.