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The ADVENTISTS to air on PBS Stations

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February 16, 2010

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The ADVENTISTS, the new one-hour documentary film from Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films, focuses on the Seventh-day Adventists and explores the history and contemporary story of a faith group whose members are some of the healthiest and longest-living people on the planet.

Will air on most PBS stations the week of April 5th 

(Check local listings.) The suggested broadcast date celebrates the Easter Holiday and National Public Health Week, connecting faith and health. If your local station hasn't programmed it, urge it to do so. The ADVENTISTS DVD will be available beginning March 1 online from Journey Films and April 1 at various retail outlets. Journey Films is scheduling special screenings nationwide for February and March.




"Adventists are a fascinating mix of conservative religion and state-of-the- art health-care and healthy living," says filmmaker Martin Doblmeier. He adds, "where so much of our current health care debate is framed around economics, Adventists start from the belief that the body is the temple of God and needs to be cared for. For Adventists, hospital and health care work is sacred work and this can bring a fresh - even revolutionary - approach to our public health care discussions today."




ADVENTISTS DVD coverFilmed on location at hospitals and health care facilities in Florida, Ohio and California, the film also contains a re-enactment of the 1844 event called The Great Disappointment which gave birth to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and a profile of the charismatic figure John Harvey Kellogg whose Battle Creek Sanitarium set the standard for progressive health care in the early 20th Century.




Formed on American soil in the mid-19th Century, Seventh-day Adventists are, by their own description, a conservative religion that holds as a central tenet that Jesus Christ is returning again, soon. At the same time, Adventists are pioneers in medical technology and health care exploration. For them, waiting for the Second Coming is not a time of fear, but for preparation and hope. The ADVENTISTS is produced in HD by Journey Films of Alexandria, VA. It is writen and directed by Martin Doblmeier, produced by Dan Juday and edited by Gayle Anonuevo. It is a presentation of South Carolina Educational TV and will be distributed to public television by American Public Television