Luther movie to get national exposure

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World, a version of the popular film A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy, will premiere on PBS at 7 p.m. CT, Sept. 12. Three hundred sixty PBS stations across the United States will show the film. The film will also be shown throughout Canada by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to share more about Luther’s story to a broadly targeted demographic,” says Mr. Mike Trinklein, writer and co-producer of the film. “This version’s script was carefully written to be accessible to people who are not familiar with church language. The overall goal is to let Luther’s theology flow naturally from the story.” The A Return to Grace version of the film was produced for confessional Lutherans to offer a deeper dive into theological matters. Commentary from additional WELS scholars was included to further illuminate finer points of confessional Lutheran doctrine.

This is just one way congregations can see the film. Since February, at least one thousand WELS churches and other groups around the country have hosted screenings of A Return to Grace at local theaters, making it the #1 movie distributed by Tugg in 2017. More than 150 additional showings are scheduled through the end of October.

“We are very grateful to Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher for their efforts in producing a film that not only highlights Luther’s contributions to church and secular history, but also beautifully and accurately depicts the heart of his theology and the blessings that God brought to the church and the world through his work,” says WELS President Mark Schroeder.

Marcus Cinemas also will be hosting general admissions screenings of the film at 7 p.m., Oct. 23, 25, and 30, in more than 40 cities in eight states. Marcus will work with local schools and congregations in those areas to set up showings at different dates and times and will discount ticket pricing for groups. More information will be available soon.

You can preorder your own copy of the film through Northwestern Publishing House. Copies will be available in early November.

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