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Co-Producer Mariska Hargitay in Attendance. Panel Discussion Hosted by Roland Martin. Event Held at Museum of the Bible Honored Late Senator Clementa Pinckney and The Emanuel 9

WASHINGTON D.C., May 15, 2019 – A powerful screening of the upcoming documentary, EMANUEL, was held at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Survivors and family members of the victims of the EMANUEL AME Church shooting in Charleston, SC, co-producer of the film, Mariska Hargitay, and film producers John ShepherdMike Wildt and Dimas Salaberrios were in attendance. Award-winning journalist Roland Martin also moderated a panel discussion following the screening.

(L-R) Producer Mike Wildt, Executive in Charge of Production on behalf of SGL Jennifer Alt, Roland Martin, Nadine Collier, Rev. Anthony Batiste Thompson, co-producer Mariska Hargitay, Polly Sheppard, Chris Singleton, Producer Dimas Salaberrios, and Producer John Shepherd at a screening of the film ‘EMANUEL’ at the Museum of the Bible on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

EMANUEL will open in movie theaters nationwide through Fathom Events on June 17th and 19th only—the respective anniversaries of the shooting, and Dylann Roof’s first court appearance when he was forgiven one-by-one by his victims. To purchase tickets at a theater near you, visit: https://www.fathomevents.com/event/emanuel-2019.

Executive produced by Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media, Viola Davis and Julius Tennons’ JuVee Productions, co-produced by Mariska Haritgay and directed by Brian Ivie (The Drop Box), EMANUEL compellingly weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, it is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate and examines the healing power of forgiveness.

Atmosphere at the screening of ‘EMANUEL’ held at the Museum of the Bible
on May 14, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Co-producer Mariska Hargitay welcomed guests to the screening with opening remarks and spoke to the crowd about the importance of the film and its compelling message of forgiveness and resilience in the face of hatred. She then introduced Chaplain Barry Black, who led both an invocation prayer before the screening, and presented an award in remembrance of the late Reverend and Senator Clementa Pinckney to his widow Jennifer Pinckney. Senator Pinckney’slife was lost in the shooting and he was famously eulogized by former President Barack Obama.

After the screening of the film, Mariska Hargitay introduced award-winning journalist Roland Martin who moderated a panel discussion and Q&A with survivor Polly Sheppard, and family members of the victims Nadine CollierChris Singleton and Reverend Anthony Batiste Thompson. Producer Dimas Salaberrios then closed the event with a group prayer before attendees enjoyed a reception with light hors d’oeuvres.

Co-producer Mariska Hargitay and survivor of the 2015 Emanuel AME church shooting, Polly Sheppard, at the screening of the film ‘EMANUEL’ at the Museum of the Bible on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

EMANUEL was made in direct partnership with the City of Charleston and the families affected by the tragedy. The producers of the documentary will donate their share of profits from the film to the survivors of the shooting and the families of the victims.

Survivors and family members of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting attend a screening of the film ‘EMANUEL’ at the Museum of the Bible
on May 14, 2019 in Washington D.C.

Photo Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for EMANUEL Film)

For more information on EMANUEL, please visit, www.emanuelmovie.com.

Follow EMANUEL, Arbella Studios and Fathom Events for updates on ticket information, group screenings and more:

Facebook and Instagram – @emanuelmovie

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Directed by Brian Ivie (The Drop Box), Produced by John Shepherd, Mike Wildt, and Dimas Salaberrios, Co-Produced by Mariska Hargitay, & Executive Produced by Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Stephen Curry, Jeron Smith, Erick Peyton, Dane Smith, David Segel, and Tina Segel.

About Arbella Studios

Arbella Studios is an LA-based film production company dedicated to telling stories of faith and social justice. Founded by writer and director Brian Ivie, Arbella produces mission-minded documentary and narrative content with the purpose of inspiring change and hope in audiences around the world. Arbella is also behind the documentary, The Drop Box, released in 2015. Visit www.arbellastudios.com for more information on the production company. 

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all top 100 DMAs® (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 975 locations and 1,578 screens in 181 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events and new product launches. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.

About Unanimous Media

Unanimous Media develops and produces premium television, film and digital content with an emphasis on family, faith and sports themes. Founded by NBA superstar Stephen Curry and business partners Jeron Smith (CEO) and Erick Peyton (CCO), Unanimous strives to encourage, empower and uplift audiences through a variety of diverse narratives. Using storytelling as a powerful tool, Unanimous further expands Curry’s vision to inspire people around the world.

About JuVee Productions

JuVee Productions is an artist driven, Los Angeles-based production company that develops and produces independent film, television, theater, VR, and digital content across all spaces of narrative entertainment. JuVee Productions seeks to produce economical yet premium, sophisticated, and character-driven stories. With an emphasis on producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices alike, JuVee Productions aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.

About Museum of the Bible

Making its grand opening to the public in November 2017, Museum of the Bible’s 430,000-square-foot building is located just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Museum of the Bible aims to be among the most technologically advanced and engaging museums in the world. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world around us.

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