APT Worldwide secures representation rights to "A Ripple of Hope"

Fri, 2009-09-25 15:37 -- univcomm
September 25, 2009

APT Worldwide, the international licensing division of U.S. public television distributor American Public Television, has secured the international representation rights to the new Robert F. Kennedy documentary, A Ripple of Hope.

Produced by Covenant Productions®, located on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., the award-winning film narrates the events of that tragic day in 1968 when Dr. 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 King’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: www.rippleofhopemovie.com.

Covenant Productions® Covenant Productions® (www.covenantproductions.com), located on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., works with clients across the country and around 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.

APT Worldwide APT Worldwide, located in Boston, Mass., is a major supplier of quality nonfiction programming to broadcasters around the world. It is a division of American Public Television, a leading distributor of television programming to public television stations in the United States. For more information, visit www.APTWW.org or contact Kevin_McKenna@aptonline.org.

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 Family Table, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert, and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also distributes to international channels 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 www.APTonline.org.

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.