A Ripple of Hope included in special exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society

Tue, 2011-02-15 08:00 -- univcomm
February 15, 2011

A Ripple of Hope (www.rippleofhopemovie.com), an award-winning documentary film created by Covenant Productions® at Anderson University, will be a part of a special exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society entitled, You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, which opens Feb. 22, 2011. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Two special screening opportunities of the film, A Ripple of Hope, will be offered on Sat., Feb. 19, in the Basile Theater at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Director Donald Boggs will lead a Q&A session after each screening. The ticket cost for Indiana Experience, which includes the screening is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5-17 and free for children 5 and under.

On April 4, 1968, a crowd gathered in an Indianapolis park at 17th and Broadway streets in Indianapolis to hear Robert F. Kennedy speak during a campaign rally. Most of the people, who were both black and white, had no idea that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated earlier that evening in Memphis.

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® at Anderson University, captures one poignant day in the life of RFK and explores a little known act of personal courage and responsibility.

Against the advice of many on his team, Kennedy chose to attend the rally and to deliver the devastating news. The impromptu words Kennedy spoke called for peace. Visitors to the History Center will experience what it was like to be in the stunned crowd that night. The location of the speech is now part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

The special exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society entitled, "You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks," includes revolutionary 3D hologram technology.  This technology is a crucial factor for the special exhibit and the Indiana Historical Society in moving visitors to be swept up in that historic moment, and the History Center is the first museum in the country to use it. Produced by Dimensional Studios in London, the Musion Eyeliner system is a high-definition video projection system which allows three-dimensional moving images to appear within a live stage setting – with no props and no 3D glasses.

An actor portraying Robert F. Kennedy and three actors playing the supporters who surrounded him in an Indianapolis park on that night “appear” on the back of a flatbed truck in the You Are There experience. Historical interpreters playing real people who were at the campaign rally will be there to interact with visitors.

To complement the experience of the park scene, the stories of that night are told through the King/Kennedy Legacy Room, which features information on many of the individuals who were eyewitnesses to the speech and puts Kennedy’s speech into the context of the racial climate and political atmosphere of the time. The space features an ever-growing visitor-created art piece conceptualized in partnership with Big Car Gallery, and clips from the documentary film A Ripple of Hope by Donald Boggs at Covenant Productions® are sprinkled throughout the space. An interactive touchscreen computer program about the power of words was developed with the Peace Learning Center and the International Interfaith Initiative.

You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks will be open through April 14, 2012 and is presented by the Joseph F. Miller Foundation and Kroger. The Indiana Rail Road Company is the 2011 official sponsor of the Indiana Historical Society. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Normal operating hours for the History Center and the Indiana Experience are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About the Indiana Experience The Indiana Experience, of which it is a part, brings both the people of the state and visitors from around the world a uniquely Indiana experience. Interactive and high-technology experiences allow the IHS to share the tremendous archival holdings of the IHS, including 1.6 million photographs, in easy and enjoyable ways. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

About 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. For more information visit:  www.covenantproductions.com . For more information about A Ripple of Hope, visit:  www.rippleofhopemovie.com .

About Anderson University Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 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.