A Ripple of Hope to premiere in Anderson and Indianapolis

Fri, 2008-03-14 05:00 -- univcomm
March 14, 2008

Covenant Productions® at Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) will offer free premieres of A Ripple of Hope, an independent documentary which captures one poignant day in the life of Robert Kennedy and explores a little known act of personal courage and responsibility. The premieres will occur in Anderson and Indianapolis on April 3 and April 4. The confirmed screening schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 3

Anderson University will host a free premiere screening of "A Ripple of Hope" at 7:30 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium. Andrea Morehead, news anchor for WTHR, Channel 13 (NBC), in Indianapolis will introduce the film and a panel discussion will follow the movie. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening, AU will offer free open session with Thurston Clarke, biographer for Robert F. Kennedy, at 4 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium. The session with Thurston Clarke is free and open to the public. For more information call 765-641-4140.

Friday, April 4

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in association with the Indiana Black Expo will premiere “A Ripple of Hope” at 1 p.m. and 7:30 pm. at the Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis. The screenings are free and open to the public. The event is being sponsored by Locke Reynolds: Counsellors At Law. The 1 p.m. screening is geared towards community youth and will be followed by a panel discussion on how we can respect, accept and appreciate the world’s rich diversity and different forms of expression. The evening screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by WTLC radio personality Amos Brown. For more information, call 317-464-9405.

In June 1966 Robert Kennedy said, "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." A generation after his death, his words continue to speak to our political and popular culture.

On April 4th, 1968 the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Robert Kennedy was in the midst of a presidential campaign that was attempting to bridge racial and economic divisions. As word of the assassination spread, riots and fires erupted in cities across the nation. Urged to cancel a rally before a mixed crowd in the inner city of Indianapolis, Robert Kennedy refused. The threat of violence was very real. But the few, simple words he spoke that night are credited with creating a sense of calm that settled over those neighborhoods during chaotic days following Dr. King’s death.

A Ripple of Hope dramatically retells the events of that tragic day 40 years ago thru the eyes of those who were there. With original music by John Colby, the Grammy Award winning creator of the Ken Burns Civil War soundtrack, audiences have been inspired and challenged by a single dream shared by two very different men.

Robert Kennedy’s words that night are remarkably relevant today. From the inner city of Indianapolis to a Memphis Hotel, A Ripple of Hope explores the passion for justice, and the personal courage that linked these two extraordinary figures in life as well as death.

A Ripple of Hope was produced and directed by award winning filmmaker and AU professor Donald Boggs.

For more information go to www.rippleofhopemovie.com.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.