American Public Television Worldwide distributes “A Ripple of Hope” in Australia, Spain and Italy

Tue, 2010-09-07 12:53 -- univcomm
September 7, 2010

American Public Television Worldwide (APT), a leading provider of programming to public television stations nationwide networks and television stations worldwide, has confirmed that the new Robert F. Kennedy documentary, “A Ripple of Hope” (1×60) will be distributed to broadcast television networks companies in Australia, Italy and Catalonia (Spain). In addition, APT has confirmed the broadcast of the documentary through La7, an Italian private television network considered the third major network in Italy.  Specifically, “A Ripple of Hope” has been picked up by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Televisió de Catalunya (TV3), and by La7 (Italy).

Produced by Covenant Productions® (owned by Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.), 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: www.rippleofhopemovie.com.

Covenant Productions®

Covenant Productions® (www.covenantproductions.com), owned by Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., 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.

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: www.aptonline.org.

Anderson University

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 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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.

APT Worldwide

APT Worldwide, located in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., is a major supplier of quality non-fiction 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 APTWW.org or contact Kevin_McKenna@APTonline.org.