Comenius Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communications are developing a high-quality documentary about John Hus. Titled Apostle of Truth, the documentary will tell the factual story of Hus in an interesting manner accessible to average viewers. The program will be broken into three segments, about 20 minutes each, to allow easy use in adult Sunday School classes, and will come with a class discussion guide.
Apostle of Truth is built on extensive interviews with recognized scholars, including Dr. Thomas Fudge (University of New England, Australia), Dr. Craig Atwood (Moravian Theological Seminary), Dr. Riddick Weber (Moravian Theological Seminary), Moravian Church archivists, and others. Interviews with historians will be amplified with the thoughts of theologians and pastors who reflect on the impact of Hus’ heritage.
Last year, Mike Riess (Executive Director of the IBOC) collected high quality HD video and stills of the locations of Hus’ life and ministry and the early days of the Unity in Bohemia and Moravia. The Rev. John Jackman, executive director of Comenius Foundation, has been collecting the interviews of scholars that will serve as the backbone of the documentary script, and assembling a wide variety of early artwork related to Hus. We are in negotiations to use portions of the excellent dramatic Czech language miniseries produced by Ceská Televize last year. These elements will be woven together into a format somewhat similar to Jackman’s earlier documentary series, Zinzendorf.
Comenius Foundation is also developing a related website, www.johnhus.org, which will be a standing resource of informative articles about Hus, similar to the website developed along with the Zinzendorf documentary, www.zinzendorf.com. The short, understandable articles on the zinzendorf.com site are accessed thousands of times each year by viewers all around the world.
John Jackman, who serves as pastor of Trinity Moravian Church in North Carolina, has produced numerous faith-related documentaries and feature films in addition to Zinzendorf, including Hymns of Faith (2003), An Uncommon Union (2004), Wesley (2009), and the new feature film Newton’s Grace (2016). He is the author of Lighting for Digital Film & Television.
Visit www.johnhus.org for more information on the documentary. n
From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine