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Documentary to Air on PBS 300 Times

By Celeste Ryan Blyden
Photos by Rich Herard

Reports from Trac Media, a media monitoring service, indicate that the documentary, The Adventists, will air on local PBS stations across the United States more than 300 times this spring and will likely be viewed by millions. The film, produced by Journey Films founder Martin Doblmeier, premiered this week on PBS member stations, some airing it two and three times during the week. (The Maryland Public Television premiere is tonight at 8 p.m.) “This is rather impressive,” says Fred Kinsey, communication director and spokesperson for the NAD. “It has the potential to give the Seventh-day Adventist Church positive exposure to the largest audience in North America in the Church’s history.”

The 60-minute film and additional special features, lauds the Church’s health message and ministry, chronicles the history of the Adventist faith and investigates the reasons why Adventists are among the longest living people in the world.

At the Washington, D.C., premiere at Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., April 3, leaders from the Columbia Union Conference, Adventist HealthCare, Potomac Conference, and Washington Adventist University thanked Doblmeier for making the film and presented him with an award of recognition (pictured).

“It was very informative,” says Dorothy Kennedy, a member of Allegheny East’s Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C., who joined hundreds for the Washington premiere. “It reminded me of the health principles I learned when I joined the Adventist Church and caused me to think more seriously about the soon-return of Christ.”
Kinsey, who participated in the Washington event, hopes to see more Adventists host screenings and share the film with non-member friends and colleagues. “Churches could show it during evangelistic series or school open houses so [visitors] could get a better idea about the Church that is behind their child’s education,” he says. “We are indeed fortunate to have such an excellent tool being made available for us.”

Besides Washington, D.C., Columbia Union screenings have already been held in Cleveland and Kettering, Ohio. Additional screenings are scheduled for Baltimore (April 17), Richmond (May 1), Northern New Jersey (May 8), and Philadelphia (May 15).