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Left to right, Rob Lehr, David Peterka and Dan Parris co-produced the documentary “What Matters?” and they will bring their story to Northwest April 5.

Left to right, Rob Lehr, David Peterka and Dan Parris co-produced the documentary “What Matters?” and they will bring their story to Northwest April 5.

March 16, 2016

‘What Matters?’ friends to visit Northwest for SAC Speaks lecture

Northwest Missouri State University’s Student Activities Council hosts the trio of friends featured in the documentary “What Matters?” – Dan Parris, David Peterka and Rob Lehr – at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Charles Johnson Theater.

For the film, Parris, Peterka and Lehr traveled to three continents with the intention of living in poverty. The group’s mission is to “connect those who need something to live for with those who just need something to live.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

“These three men will bring an interesting perspective and viewpoint to hopefully widen our students' eyes to the struggles that people all around the world suffer,” Shyla Kallhoff, SAC director of lecture programming, said. “Hopefully this lecture will be impactful in the sense that it could push students to be more active in playing a role to help decrease the ever-increasing poverty levels around the world.”

Parris, a filmmaker and activist, inspired the film and works to use his skills for a positive impact on others. Lehr, also a filmmaker, was assistant producer of “What Matters?” and provided comic relief in the documentary. Peterka founded the non-profit organization “When the Saints,” which strives to assist poor and oppressed individuals.

For more information about the film, visit http://whatmattersfilm.com.

The mission of the Student Activities Council is to plan and administer activities for Northwest students; in order to contribute to a more well-rounded social, recreational and cultural life for the campus and community. SAC provides entertaining alternatives to students with late night activities and events throughout the year including concerts, lectures, movies and comedians.

For more information about SAC Speaks lectures, contact the Student Activities Council at 660.562.1226 or saclect@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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