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American Public Television to distribute "A Ripple of Hope" in January

Fri, 2009-12-11 10:23 -- univcomm
December 11, 2009

American Public Television (APT), a leading provider of programming to public television stations nationwide, has secured the distribution rights to the new Robert F. Kennedy documentary, A Ripple of Hope (1×60). Produced by Covenant Productions® (owned by Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana), the award-winning film narrates the events of that tragic day in 1968 when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and Robert F. Kennedy’s poignant response and act of personal courage saved a city.

On April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy was in the midst of a campaign for the U.S. presidency. As word of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination spread, riots and fires erupted in cities across the United States. Although his advisors urged him to cancel a scheduled rally that day in the inner city of Indianapolis, Kennedy refused.

The threat of violence was very real. But his moving, impromptu plea for peace — considered today to be one of the great political speeches of the twentieth century — is credited with creating a sense of calm that averted violence during the chaotic days following Dr. King’s death.

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 personal courage that linked these two extraordinary men in life as well as death. “I wept through most of the film just to see those images again. I was deeply moved and equally inspired. This is very powerful,” said the actor, Martin Sheen.

Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Donald Boggs, A Ripple of Hope features digitally restored news footage and original music by John Colby, Grammy Award-winning music director of the Ken Burns Civil War soundtrack. For more information about A Ripple of Hope visit:

Public stations that purchased this program from APT will have the right to air it for an unlimited amount of broadcasts over the course of two years. Some of the national markets confirmed to broadcast A Ripple of Hope beginning in January 2010 include: AlaskaOne TV, Connecticut Public Television, Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS Hawaii, KCTS (Seattle), Kentucky Educational Television, KUED (Salt Lake City), KVCR (San Bernadino, Calif./L.A.), Maryland Public Television, Montana PBS, WETA (Washington, D.C.), WGBH (Boston), WGVU (Grand Rapids), WMVS (Milwaukee), WNED (Buffalo), WTTW (Chicago), WUSF (Tampa/St. Petersburg), KPBS (San Diego), WDSC (Daytona Beach), and WFYI (Indianapolis). Please contact individual stations for specific broadcast dates and time. Additional stations will be listed on the Web site for the documentary:

Covenant Productions®

Covenant Productions®, owned by Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, works with clients around the country and across the world at all stages of the video production process: conception, scripting, production, editing, DVD authoring, and duplication. Covenant Productions® tells stories of client work in health care, education, entertainment, transportation, manufacturing, and faith-based environments.

About American Public Television

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including Spain … on the road Again, Rick Steves' Europe, Worldfocus, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia's Italy, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Liza’s at the Palace, and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create™ – the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit

Anderson University

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.