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Vibrant Life Welcomed at D.C. Movie Premiere

Story by Kim Peckham
Photos by Dennis Crews

Heather Quintana, Vibrant Life editor, was a guest at the premiere of the documentary Forks Over Knives. The film emphasizes the importance of diet in avoiding disease.

Sean Bellman was amazed by the whole event. “If I tried to go in a movie theatre lobby and hand out Adventist literature, how long do you think I’d last?” he asks. “Five minutes? Ten minutes? But that’s exactly what I did at the Washington, D.C., premiere of the film Forks Over Knives,” which took place at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.

Sponsors of the film premiere welcomed Bellman, a sales representative at the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Md., and a member of the Waynesboro (Pa.) church, because he was handing out copies of the Vibrant Life special issue that is also titled Forks Over Knives. Like the film documentary, the magazine emphasizes how what you eat with your fork can help prevent you from going under the surgeon’s knife.

“The power of a plant-based diet has been a part of our message for more than 125 years,” says Heather Quintana, Vibrant Life editor and member of the Frederick (Md.) church, who also attended the premiere. Bellman and Quintana handed out 250 copies of the magazine, which actually goes beyond the subject of nutrition. One article is titled 21 Ways to Improve Your Spiritual Life.

“We want people to strive to achieve health in all areas of life,” says Quintana. About being at the premiere, she added, "It really felt significant to me when I stood at the side of the theater and saw everyone holding Vibrant Life. I saw several people reading it throughout the night: a guy on the street waiting for his wife after the film; a woman in the elevator at the parking garage after the film; several people waiting in the time between the reception and the film screening; people in the lobby flipping through it. It just seemed to me like we were finally getting it to the people it was meant for."

Read more about the special Forks Over Knives issue of Vibrant Life here.