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A Ripple of Hope has concluded the film festival circuit after screenings at the New Orleans, Newport Beach, Heartland, Harvest Moon, Durango, Indianapolis and Ojai film festivals. It has also screened at the New York National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY) and at the National Arts Club in New York City.A Ripple of Hope is being distributed outside the United States by American Public Television Worldwide and in the United States by American Public Television. PBS stations began airing the film in January 2010. Check http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html for details.
For over 30 years, the director, Donald Boggs, has lived about 30 miles from 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis, where Robert F. Kennedy's speech was given April 4, 1968. Despite that proximity, he had never heard of the speech until the publication of Joe Klein's book "Politics Lost", in which Klein cited this speech as the last instance of an an extemperanous speech made by a national politician on the campaign trailQuickly realizing that this moment had been buried in the violent aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, Boggs realized that this was an important story which had to be told.
Yes. Robert's son Max Kennedy attended the Indianapolis premiere at the historic Walker Theatre.Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, and daughters Kerry and Rory Kennedy attended the film's New York City premiere at the Paley Center for Media along with actors Martin Sheen, Charles Grodin, and Robert Walden. CBS News Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield and former congressman Harold Ford, Jr. were also in attendance.
Robert F. Kennedy flew into Indianapolis April 4, 1968 on a Convair 550. The film crew couldn't find a 550 anywhere in the U.S. that still had it's original interior.The reenactment was shot at the Glen L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Baltimore inside a vintage Martin 404 which has a pristine interior. Temperatures inside during the filming approached 130 degrees Fahrenheit!
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