The Armor of Light
May 10, 8 pm

The Armor of Light

  • BY Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes | IN Faith
    Premiered May 10, 2016

About the Film

The Armor of Light follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America, and Lucy McBath, the mother of an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story cast a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. MORE

Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and long-time fixture on the political far right, breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. In a series of uneasy conversations, Rev. Schenck is perplexed by the reactions of his friends and colleagues, most of whom are gun owners and adamant defenders of the 2nd Amendment, and who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, also an Evangelical Christian, who decides to work with him. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of the devastating loss of her murdered son, while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action where so many before her have failed.

The Armor of Light follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak, and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a glimpse at America's fractured political culture while demonstrating that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.


The Filmmakers

Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist, and the CEO and president of Fork Films. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women’s roles in the public sphere. Disney’s films and series focus on social issues, spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power. Having grown up in a family of filmmakers, Disney turned to documentaries in 2008, inspired to tell the story of a brave group of women who used nonviolent protests and sex strikes to bring an end to Liberia’s long civil war. That film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents. She next worked on the five-part PBS special series, Women, War & Peace, which aired in 2011 and was the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor. Disney founded Peace is Loud, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and spotlighting women who are stepping up for peace and resisting violence in their communities. Disney has also executive-produced films on a wide array of social issues, including 1971, Family Affair, Citizen Koch, Hot Girls Wanted, Academy Award-nominated The Invisible War (Independent Lens), Return, and Sun Come Up (Academy Award-nominated for Documentary Short).

Kathleen Hughes is a producer, director and writer, as well as co-founder of the documentary film company Okapi Productions. Among her many films is Two American Families, a 21-year-long look at downward mobility, which recently appeared on PBS’s FRONTLINE. Her 90-minute Bill Moyers special Buying the War, detailing the media’s failure to examine the Bush Administration’s case for invading Iraq, was called “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism this year” by The Washington Post. From 2008-11 Kathleen was Executive Producer of public television’s multi-platform series Blueprint America, which told stories about America’s crumbling infrastructure. Hughes' other work has appeared on PBS’s NOW and Wide Angle, NBC’s TV Nation and ABC News’ Turning Point, as well as many Bill Moyers specials. Her work has received two national Emmys, a New York Emmy, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Gracie Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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Film Credits

Directed by
Abigail E. Disney

Producer and Co-Director
Kathleen Hughes

Executive Producers
Abigail E. Disney
Gini Reticker

Producer
Eva Anisko

Edited by
Andrew Fredericks

Director of Photography
Jeff Hutchens

Original Music
Paul Brill

Associate Editor
Natasha Livia Mottola

Archivist
Stephanie Palumbo

Production Assistant
Alexander Hyde

Additional Photography
Warren Jones
Kirsten Johnson
Andrew Fredericks
Brett Wiley
Max Miller
Cameron Hickey
Peter Hutchens

Sound Recordists
Michael Stewart
Tony Smith
Brian Buckley
Spencer Smith
Adam Rabinowitz

Additional Sound
Joe Campbell
Tom Craca
Mike D’Asto
Michael Filosa
Tom Johnson
Adam Jones
Judy Karp
Mike Martin
Rob Peterson
Bob Schuck
Randy Sparrazza
Jay Ticer
John Toffolo
Aaron Webster
Merce Williams

Archival Research
Vanessa Maruskin

Production Assistant
Ariel Doctoroff

Legal
Iddo I. Arad, Esq.
Melissa Georges, Esq.

Bookkeeper
Kelley Trotter

Transcription
Steve Wylie

Travel
Victor Esprit

Title Design
Ada Whitney

Original Score Composed, Performed and Produced by Paul Brill
Recorded 2014-15 at Casa de Rico y Luca Studios, Brooklyn

Additional Recording by Ed McEntee
at Sterling Society Social Club, Brooklyn

Additional Music
Elizabeth Ziman
Erik Friedlander
Tom Phillips
Tom Martin
OBT Music

Additional Musicians
Dave Eggar – Cello
Erik Friedlander – Cello
Entcho Todorov – Violin
Rob Jost - Bass and French Horn
Bill Dobrow - Drums
Gerald Menke - Guitars
Peter Lalish - Guitars
Elizabeth Ziman - Piano and Voice
Sonya Kitchell - Voice
Heather Robb - Voice
Eli Brueggemann - Piano
Paul Loren - Piano and Organ

Music Supervision
Brooke Wentz

Supervising Sound Editor
Tom Efinger

Sound Effects and Dialogue Editor
Kate Bilinski

Foley Artist
Shaun Brennan

Re-Recording Mixer
Tom Efinger

Sound Facility
Dig It Audio
Audio Post Producer
Colin Thibadeau

Digital Intermediate Colorist
Will Cox

Digital Intermediate Online Editor
Drew Kilgore

Digital Intermediate Producer
Caitlin Tartaro

Post-Production Services
Final Frame

Executive Assistant to Abigail E. Disney
Dominique Bouchard

Fork Films
Aideen Kane
Yvonne L. Moore
Juli S. Kobayashi
Felice Denny
Celiné Justice
Kat Vecchio
Amy Meacham
Julia Christie
Hope Carmichael

Assistant Camera
Mark Burchick
Dean Freeland
Alexander Hyde
Mat MacIntyre
Rueben Pacheco

Field Production Assistants
Ariel Bruns
Bill Conrad
Jennifer Roh
Liz Salvato
Nate Savidge
Sara McDaniel

Interns
Jonah Cader
Taylor Hom
Jake Kanengiser
Megan Loughman
Sarah Loughman

Insurance
Bill Hudson

Archival Materials Courtesy of
ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AP Archive
ASSOCIATED PRESS C-SPAN Archives
CBN, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.
CNN
Disney ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
Gary Cameron / Reuters / Corbis
James McCoy
John Phillips
Motto Pictures
NBC Universal Archives
Participant Media
Reverend Rob Schenck personal collection

Music
“Amazing Grace”
Traditional arranged by Ani DiFranco
Performed by Ani DiFranco
Courtesy of Righteous Babe Records
By arrangement with Sugaroo!

“Abide with Me”
Traditional
Performed by Choir of Westminster Abbey, London
Courtesy of Griffin & Co. Ltd

“Unconscious Perceptions”
Written and Performed by Erik Friedlander
Courtesy of Arconomx Music LLC

Special Thanks
Macky Alston
Alison Amron
Joseph and Eugenia Anisko
John Aquilino
Paul Barrett
Rep. Dennis Baxley
Jessie Beauchaine
Rebecca Bond
Pastor Eulie Brookins
Tom Casciato
Maria Cuomo Cole
Carolina Davis
Disney ABC Television Group
Leah Doyle
Richard Feldman
Anne Fredericks
Leymah Gbowee
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
The Hauser Family
Judith Helfand
Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson
Lisa Hintelmann
Lisa Holton
Robert Iger
Zach Iscol
Andrew Issermoyer
C. Richard Johnson
Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook
David Keene
Chris Knox
Sabine Krayenbuhl
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Beth Levison
Curtis McBath
Terry McGovern
Dick Metcalf
Robert Muggah
Dr. Mark Rosenberg
Rebecca Peters
Cheryl Schenck
Matthew Schenck
Diana Taylor
Laurie Wainberg
Adam Winkler
Milica Zec

The Armor of Light is a production of Purple Mickey Productions, in association with Fork Films.

This program was produced by Purple Mickey Productions, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

Ownership of this motion picture is protected by copyright and other applicable laws, and any unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition of this motion picture could result in criminal prosecution as well as civil liability.

© 2015 Purple Mickey Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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AWARDS

  • Traverse City Film Festival
    Founders Prize: Special Award
  • Galway Film Fleadh
    Best International Feature Documentary
  • Wilbur Award
    Best Documentary, 2016
  • Attic Film Festival
    Best Documentary, 2016
  • Crystal Dove Seal Award
    2015 Nominee
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