A Ripple of Hope featured in two film festivals

Fri, 2008-09-19 09:48 -- univcomm
September 19, 2008

A Ripple of Hope, a documentary film created by Covenant Productions® at Anderson University, has been named as an official selection in both the New Orleans Film Festival (October 10-16) and the Heartland Film Festival based in Indianapolis (October 16-24).

On April 4, 1968, the day Dr. 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. Though 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 averted violence during chaotic days following Dr. King’s death.

A generation after his death, the words of Robert Kennedy continue to speak to our political and popular culture. The independent documentary A Ripple of Hope, produced by Covenant Productions®, captures one poignant day in the life of RFK and explores a little known act of personal courage and responsibility.

The story is told in part through interviews with some of the most significant participants and eyewitnesses, including campaign aides, civil-rights leaders, politicians, journalists, members of the stunned crowd, scholars of rhetoric and people whose lives were impacted by the speech.

Robert Kennedy’s words that night are remarkably relevant today. From the inner city of Indianapolis to the Memphis hotel where Dr. King was shot, 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.

The New Orleans Film Festival includes selected new films in every genre from local, national and international filmmakers. As an official selection, “A Ripple of Hope” will be considered for both the Documentary Feature Award and the Audience Choice Award. The viewing schedule for “A Ripple of Hope” will be published September 18th at the New Orleans Film Fesitval website: www.neworleansfilmfest.com.

The Heartland Film Festival, a non-profit organization, was established in 1991 to recognize and honor filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life. Each October, Heartland screens Truly Moving Pictures from around the world and presents cash prizes and Crystal Heart Awards to the Festival’s top entries. ”A Ripple of Hope” is eligible for Heartland’s Audience Choice Award. The viewing schedule for the documentary will be published September 16th at the Heartland Film Festival website: www.heartlandfilmfestival.org.

“A Ripple of Hope” was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Donald Boggs. For information visit www.rippleofhopemovie.com.

For more information about the 2008 Heartland Film Festival, visit: www.heartlandfilmfestival.org . For more information about the New Orleans Film Festival, visit: www.neworleansfilmfest.com .

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.