KNOCKING DOCUMENTARY NEWSLETTER #1 SUMMER 2005
>Thanks for your interest in the KNOCKING documentary about Jehovah's
>Witnesses. I'm Joel Engardio, director of the project. Since the
>www.knocking.org web site went live recently, I've been hearing from
>interested ones from Arizona to Arkansas and everywhere in between.
>site is new, and is still a work-in-progress. Check back from time to
>to see new features, including the film clip downloads.
>SPREAD THE WORD
>Please forward the link www.knocking.org far and wide. Beyond a
>broadcast on public television (PBS) in the United States, our goal is
>make the film available to international audiences with language
>Indeed, Jehovah's Witnesses are in more than 200 lands, and their
>about blood, the Holocaust and preservation of civil liberties
>around the globe.
>The aim of KNOCKING is to give a general, non-Jehovah's Witness
>fair look at a religious group that has long been misunderstood and
>relegated to cartoonish stereotypes. KNOCKING uses the real life
>real families to humanize Jehovah's Witnesses. But we donÂ’t shy from
>criticism. Our aim is that everything is fair and accurate. We show
>the ups and downs, including what it is like for Witnesses who have
>unbelieving or opposing family members, and how divided families can
>common ground. For instance, the young man who undergoes a
>bloodless liver transplant has opposing family members who come to the
>hospital to see first-hand how the new bloodless technology works.
>WHO SHOULD WATCH
>KNOCKING will be educational and illuminating for a non-Jehovah's
>audience. Extended family, neighbors, co-workers and classmates of
>JehovahÂ’s Witnesses will certainly be interested to take a look.
>time of broadcast, we will offer DVDs for home and school use. The DVD
>be a feature-length version of the film (the broadcast on PBS will be
>shorter) and will include extras like expanded interviews. WeÂ’ll be
>to send more details on that later.
>As of Summer 2005, the film is being edited in San Francisco.
>the course of the project, we filmed in California, Georgia, Ohio, New
>York, Nevada, and Texas as well as Austria and Poland. We filmed in
>Halls, conventions and in the door-to-door ministry.
>WE ARE INDEPENDENT
>Keep in mind that every Jehovah's Witness who has contributed to this
>either on camera or behind the scenes, has done so by their own
>choice. There is no official connection to the Watchtower Society,
>the Bethel organization in Brooklyn, Patterson and Wallkill, New York
>been cooperative with the producers of this film. We interviewed
>representatives on camera and filmed inside Bethel. Watchtower has no
>financial ties to this project, nor any editorial control. It is
>to know that this project is independently produced for public
>using a combination of public, foundation and individual funds. No one
>the production staff is a Jehovah's Witness. The director's mother,
>however, is a Witness. And we do have Jehovah's Witnesses who are
>as consultants for factual accuracy. We also have academic, historical
>medical consultants who are experts in their field but not Jehovah's
>HOW TO SEE IT
>We intend to premiere KNOCKING at a prestigious film festival such as
>Sundance in early 2006. A national television broadcast on PBS will
>And the film will be made available on DVD. We also hope to bring
>to cities throughout the United States in 2006 for special screenings.
>will be a chance for you to see a sneak preview and perhaps meet some
>the film's subjects in a live Q&A session. The KNOCKING web site and
>newsletters will provide updated information about where and when the
>previews will take place. If you are interested in volunteering to
>such a screening in your city, contact us directly at
>[email protected]. Please type Â“VolunteerÂ” in the subject
>We look forward to seeing the positive impact this film has in telling
>untold stories of Jehovah's Witnesses. We hope you do, too. Thanks
>for contacting us, and the KNOCKING staff will be sure to keep you up
>date on the latest progress.
>Joel P. Engardio
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