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Prison and Faith Documentary to Premiere in Richmond

A new documentary on prisons and faith – “Through the Door” – will premiere at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

The documentary explores the initiatives of churches and faith-based organizations in Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Interviewees speak to the issues of prescription drug abuse, addiction, mental health, the role of religious volunteers and chaplains, and the often-overlooked stresses of prison officials.

Stories of redemption and hope run through the documentary – from a quilting program at a correctional facility in Indiana to a bus stop ministry in Texas to a remarkable program for women re-entering society from the Tennessee Prison for Women.

Bon Air Baptist Church will host two screenings on Feb. 17. The first screening runs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The evening event runs from 7-9 p.m.

Confirmed morning screening panelists include Travis Collins, senior pastor at Bon Air Baptist Church; Randy Myers, president of Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia Inc.; and Christine Eacho, Reentry Special Projects Manager, Virginia Department of Corrections.

Collins and Myers are both documentary interviewees.

Cliff Vaughn, co-producer of “Through the Door,” will moderate the panel discussions.

Vaughn is media producer of EthicsDaily.com, which made the film and is a leading producer of faith-based documentaries.

Two versions of the documentary appear on a single DVD. The first is the short version that runs 28 minutes and will be shown at the Richmond church. The second is the long version that runs 53 minutes and is designed for use in churches as a moral education resource over a four-week period.

Both versions have four chapters: The Issues, The Bible, The People and The Hope.

For more information about the documentary, go to ThroughTheDoor.info.