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A Ripple of Hope premieres at the Paley Center for Media in New York

Thu, 2009-03-12 10:29 -- univcomm
March 12, 2009

A Ripple of Hope, a documentary film created by Covenant Productions® at Anderson University, will premiere at the Paley Center for Media in New York, NY, on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening and feature Kerry Kennedy (Human Rights Activist; Author, Being Catholic Now; and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy), Rory Kennedy (Filmmaker and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy), Jeff Greenfield (Senior Political Correspondent for CBS Nightly News), director Donald Boggs, and other guests to be announced. Tickets for the general public will be available on March 10. Visit for more information.

A Ripple of Hope has been screened at a number of film festivals around the country. The film has been featured at the New Orleans Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival in Ojai, Calif., and the Durango Film Festival in Durango, Colo. The film garnered the Audience Choice Award at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Ind., and the Best Documentary Award at the Harvest Moon Film Festival in Muncie, Ind.

On April 4, 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. 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 Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. For more information, visit the Paley Center for Media online at

A Ripple of Hope was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and AU Professor of Communications Donald Boggs. For information visit

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.