Journey Films

Journey Films Journey Films has produced more than 30 award-winning documentary films focused on the intersection of faith, religion, and spirituality. www.journeyfilms.com
A television and film production company specializing in religion, faith and spirituality founded by award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier.

Journey Films was founded in 1983 by award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier as a television and film production company specializing in religion, faith and spirituality. Journey has produced more than 25 major documentary films that have aired on PBS, ABC, NBC, the BBC, The History Channel and other networks in the United States and abroad. Journey's first theatrical release, BONHOEFFER, opened in cities across the US in 2003 and internationally to wide critical acclaim. It premiered on PBS in 2006. Later that spring public television aired ALBERT SCHWEITZER: Called to Africa, a docu-drama that won the prestigious Gabriel Award. To date, Journey has won five Gabriel Awards. In 2008 Journey released The POWER of FORGIVENESS, a film that won the Sun Valley Film Festival and the International Film and Video Festival. The Washington National Cathedral began airing on PBS stations in 2009 and won a regional EMMY Award for best cultural documentary. The ADVENTISTS was released spring of 2010 to PBS stations and became an Amazon best-selling documentary.

We are very excited to announce that Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story has been nominated for an Emmy® f...
05/16/2019

We are very excited to announce that Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story has been nominated for an Emmy® for best Historical Documentary film. The nomination is from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Everyone on our team at Journey Films is grateful for the recognition the film is receiving and for the opportunity to contribute in our way to the legacy of a truly remarkable man.

05/08/2019

Jean Vanier, the founder of the worldwide L’Arche communities for men and women with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, died Tuesday in France. He was 90.

Jean was the subject of the first documentary film we produced for Journey Films. The film’s title was "The Heart Has Its Reasons", taken from French philosopher Blaise Pascal. In so many ways it perfectly suited Vanier’s work and ministry for he understood well the unlimited possibilities of the human heart.

Vanier made his life’s work the creation of small communities where the center of that community is the person with intellectual and physical disabilities. Often those disabilities could be severe. For Vanier, in that person’s weakness and vulnerability - in the pain and anguish they often expressed openly - is the very heart of Christ.

Jean Vanier was in his mid-50’s when we traveled to Trosly-Breuil, France, in the early 1980’s to make the film. We spent weeks living with the community. Joining me on the film’s production team to France was Sister Gretchen Dysart, MSC and Paul Gasek. None of us would leave the same.

What I remember so clearly about Jean was his candor and willingness to talk about the challenges of living with those who have disabilities. How the pace at L’Arche needed to be vastly different than the rest of the world – a pace where those in greatest need could feel safe and protected.

L’Arche is the French word for the Ark, the Biblical symbol of deliverance. When we made the film there were some 60 L’Arche homes worldwide. Today there are nearly 150, a testament to the community’s long-term commitment to be a presence where needed most. Jean Vanier reminds us all of the capacity of human beings to love at the deepest level – to discover in the smile and tears of the weakest among us the very face of God.
Martin Doblmeier

Charleston! Join Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier for a free screening this Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church. Free and o...
05/05/2019
Howard Thurman film to be screened at Second Presbyterian Church

Charleston! Join Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier for a free screening this Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public.

Second Presbyterian Church will host a free community screening of "Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The screening will be followed by

May 1 is the anniversary of the launch of Dorothy Day's newspaper, The Catholic Worker, which covers stories related to ...
05/01/2019

May 1 is the anniversary of the launch of Dorothy Day's newspaper, The Catholic Worker, which covers stories related to social justice. It is still in publication, and costs the same it did the day of its release in 1933 - 1 penny.

04/29/2019

We are pleased to announce the recent completion of volume 5 of the Howard Thurman Papers by our friend, Dr. Walter Earl Fluker. Here he shares a few thoughts on completing the project and its' importance in todays world. More information about the papers can be found here: https://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2019/7949.html

Remembering Howard Thurman, who passed on this day in 1981 at the age of 81
04/10/2019

Remembering Howard Thurman, who passed on this day in 1981 at the age of 81

Candler School of Theology - Emory University
04/04/2019

Candler School of Theology - Emory University

Today, Candler and Pitts Theology Library were honored to host a screening of Martin Doblmeier's new documentary "Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story," followed by a panel discussion featuring some of the film's participants, including Howard Thurman's grandson Anton Howard Wong (third from right). Also pictured are Dean Jan Love, Pitts Director Richard M. "Bo" Adams, director Martin Doblmeier and film interviewees Lerita Coleman Brown of Agnes Scott College, Walter Earl Fluker of Boston University School of Theology and Candler's visiting McDonald Chair, Professor Emeritus of Church and Community Luther E. Smith Jr., Wong, his son Ian, and Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Gregory C. Ellison II. Learn more about the documentary at http://journeyfilms.com/batw/

Want to read more about Howard Thurman? Interested in hearing more from our interviewees? Check out the  Resources page ...
03/22/2019
Thurman Resources | Journey Films

Want to read more about Howard Thurman? Interested in hearing more from our interviewees? Check out the Resources page on our website. We have links to books by and about Thurman, as well as other items of interest. http://journeyfilms.com/thurman-resources/

Thurman Resources Books by Howard Thurman Amazon’s Howard Thurman Page The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman, Walter Earl Fluker, senior editor The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Vol. 1 The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Vol. 2 The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Vol. 3 The Pape...

Pitts Theology Library
03/18/2019

Pitts Theology Library

Only 2 DAYS LEFT to register for a special screening and panel discussion of the documentary “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story" sponsored by Pitts Theology Library! Reserve your spot at https://form.jotform.com/90515799799178 Candler School of Theology - Emory University Emory Libraries Columbia Theological Seminary Journey Films Emory University Film & Media Studies Emory Laney Graduate School

Happy International Women's Day!
03/08/2019

Happy International Women's Day!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our screening at Landmark's E Street Cinema earlier this week. There was a great disc...
03/01/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to our screening at Landmark's E Street Cinema earlier this week. There was a great discussion by the panelists and we're so glad to have co-sponsored this event with Wesley Theological Seminary and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Make sure to check our website for the latest events!

02/25/2019
Backs Against the Wall at the Landmark E Street Cinema

TONIGHT! We are excited to host a screening of Backs Against the Wall with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and... and Wesley Theological Seminary. The event is full but there may be last-minute standby seats. If you're in the area, stop by for what promises to be a memorable evening!

Director Martin Doblmeier was a guest lecturer in Dr. Dewey's class at Xavier University today!
02/13/2019

Director Martin Doblmeier was a guest lecturer in Dr. Dewey's class at Xavier University today!

The Daytona Times highlighted Backs Against the Wall and our time shooting at the Howard Thurman Historical Home. It air...
02/08/2019
Film focuses on life, legacy of Thurman – Daytona Times

The Daytona Times highlighted Backs Against the Wall and our time shooting at the Howard Thurman Historical Home. It airs tonight on the WORLD Channel. Check your local listings!

Dr. Howard Thurman is one of Daytona Beach’s renowned sons. The renowned scholar, theologian and educator who grew up in the city.

The Fetzer Institute
02/06/2019
The Fetzer Institute

The Fetzer Institute

Howard Thurman, a theologian, writer, and civil rights leader who used religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change, is the subject of Journey Films “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” a PBS film airing this month as part of Black History Month (check local listings). In this CNN article, get a glimpse of Thurman and find out why the film's director feels "Thurman's voice is needed even more today."

Backs Against the Wall screened to a packed house tonight at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. We were grateful t...
02/06/2019

Backs Against the Wall screened to a packed house tonight at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. We were grateful to have Howard Thurman’s grandson Anton Wong and great-grandson Ian in attendance, as well as several pastors and academics. It was a wonderful event!

02/05/2019
Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story - Trailer

Howard Thurman - one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century, became a “spiritual foundation” for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders including Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis.

The film will begin airing on Public Television this month and is available on Amazon today.

02/04/2019
Backs Against the Wall Trailer

Backs Against the Wall begins airing on public television this month. It will debut on the WORLD Channel this Friday 2/8 at 6pm.

Walter Fluker, editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, discusses Thurman's vital role in connecting Gandhi's princi...
01/31/2019
How Howard Thurman met Gandhi and brought nonviolence to the civil rights movement

Walter Fluker, editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, discusses Thurman's vital role in connecting Gandhi's principles of nonviolence to the American civil rights movement.

Howard Thurman, a mentor to MLK, first met Gandhi during a visit to India in 1936. He came to understand nonviolence as a force more powerful than hate that had the power to transform the world.

Our friends at The Association of Theological Schools mention Backs Against the Wall (which begins airing tomorrow!) in ...
01/31/2019

Our friends at The Association of Theological Schools mention Backs Against the Wall (which begins airing tomorrow!) in their latest newsletter.

Stay warm and enjoy another issue of Colloquy Online! https://conta.cc/2DM59Hi

Some wonderful photos from our screening at Abilene Christian University, sponsored by the Carl Spain Center on Race Stu...
01/31/2019

Some wonderful photos from our screening at Abilene Christian University, sponsored by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action

Photo's from our special screening of Backs Against The Wall The Howard Thurman Story with Director Martin Doblmeier.

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01/21/2019

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Martin Doblmeier is interviewed about the Howard Thurman film on KIDY
01/18/2019
KIDY FOX San Angelo

Martin Doblmeier is interviewed about the Howard Thurman film on KIDY

A documentary over Howard Thurman, one the historic leaders of the civil rights movement.

Thanks to RNS and Adelle Banks for the thorough write-up of our new film today!
01/18/2019
Religion News Service

Thanks to RNS and Adelle Banks for the thorough write-up of our new film today!

“Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” highlights how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and mission were shaped by the African-American mystic, theologian and prolific writer.

"What’s most important, I think, historically is not just the personal friendship but the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. would come and sit in those homilies and those lectures that Howard Thurman gave,” said film director Martin Doblmeier.

Our own Martin Doblmeier led a discussion at Abilene Christian University today. Join him tonight for a screening of our...
01/16/2019

Our own Martin Doblmeier led a discussion at Abilene Christian University today. Join him tonight for a screening of our new film Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story! https://www.facebook.com/events/284820472232575/

Thank you to the ACU Adams Center for Teaching and Learning for hosting a conversation, sponsored by the Carl Spain Center, between Backs Against The Wall director, Martin Doblmeier, and ACU faculty. This conversation was titled "Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King: The Teacher as Conduit of Spiritual Formation." Martin was phenomenal in leading us in a discussion of the central role of teaching in the formation of the leader of the Civil Rights Movement [MLK] and ways teachers have a spiritually formative influence on their students.

Join us tonight at 6:30pm in the Hunter Welcome Center to learn more about the relationship between Howard Thurman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we screen Journey Films new documentary Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.

Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action
01/16/2019

Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action

It has already been a day full of news and chapel interviews for Martin Doblmeier, director of Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story. Join us for Chapel at 11:00 in Moody Colosseum where Martin will be interviewed by ACU Chaplain Cyrus Eaton!

Don't forget tonight we will be hosting a special screening of Martin's new film in the Hunter Welcome Center at 6:30pm on the campus of Abilene Christian University. Please join us for this free screening! Journey Films

The moment you've been waiting for has arrived! Our latest film, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story is now...
01/15/2019
Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

The moment you've been waiting for has arrived! Our latest film, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story is now available to own on DVD. It's available exclusively on Amazon. Also check our site www.journeyfilms.com for the latest screenings and events.

Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story explores the extraordinary life and legacy of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century. Born the grandson of slaves, Thurman became a "spiritual foundation" for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders includi...

Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action
01/12/2019

Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action

"In the mid-1930s, Thurman was the first Black American invited to meet Mohandas
Gandhi who shared his strategy of non-violent resistance." - Journey Films

Join us Wednesday, January 16th, at 6:30pm in the Hunter Welcome Center on the campus of Abilene Christian University to learn more about Thurman's meeting with Gandhi during the special screening of Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Journey Films!
12/21/2018

Happy Holidays from all of us at Journey Films!

Time is running out! Thursday, December 20 is the last first-class shipping day before Christmas. Order from journeyfilm...
12/18/2018

Time is running out! Thursday, December 20 is the last first-class shipping day before Christmas. Order from journeyfilms.com/store today!

Thoughts on Howard Thurman the Mystic from Noah Griffin
12/17/2018
Some thoughts from a mystic on religion and life

Thoughts on Howard Thurman the Mystic from Noah Griffin

As we enter the holiday season following the more universal celebration of Thanksgiving, there emerges a search for another observance which surpasses sect and denomination. Perhaps the answer may …

Today we celebrate the birthday of Howard Thurman, the subject of our most recent film! He was born November 18, 1899 in...
11/18/2018

Today we celebrate the birthday of Howard Thurman, the subject of our most recent film! He was born November 18, 1899 in Daytona Beach, FL.

"An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope...
11/09/2018

"An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all." Dorothy Day, born November 8, 1897

10/31/2018
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10/23/2018

Journey Films's cover photo

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