Actor Robert De Niro will make a rare public appearance at the premiere of his latest movie to raise money for children with birth defects linked to the defoliant Agent Orange.

De Niro has arranged to stage Saturday's premiere of "Jacknife," a story about two Vietnam veterans, at a New York City theater as a benefit for the Connecticut-based Brandie Schieb Children's Fund.Organizers hope to raise $15,000 to $20,000 from the $25-a-ticket premiere and a $125-a-ticket party afterward.

De Niro met members of Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Victims Inc. while filming the movie. The group started the fund in 1985 to help pay the medical bills of Brandie Schieb, now 9, who was born deaf and without ears, and without most of her right cheekbone, jaw and eye socket. Doctors believe the girl's birth defects were caused by her father's exposure to Agent Orange while serving with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.