ASHEVILLE, N.C. (ACT) — The Jesus Film Project will honor Rev. Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with the Hope Medallion on Saturday.
Billy Graham's daughter, Gigi Graham, will accept the award on her father's behalf at a ceremony at Carmike Cinemas, 121 River Hills Road, prior to a showing of the movie "Jesus," which has been re-mastered and made high-definition to mark the 35th anniversary of its release. The film has been retitled "The Jesus Film" for its rerelease.
The Hope Medallion recognizes "Graham's worldwide leadership in creating life-changing films through his unswerving commitment to the gospel message," according to a press release.
The award is "given to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication and unfailing commitment to sharing eternal spiritual hope around the world," the release stated.
"Mr. Graham long ago recognized the impact that various forms of media had on people and culture, both as a method for communication and as a means to influence opinions and perceptions, or more viscerally, to impact hearts and minds," said Erick Schenkel, executive director of The Jesus Film Project.
"Much as he used a microphone to amplify his voice to reach those present in a stadium, he leveraged all the various forms of media that could be utilized in the presentation of the gospel, from the printed page, to radio broadcasts, then to television and motion pictures, extending all of that around the world via satellite and then Internet."
Graham's evangelistic films have been translated into more than three dozen languages and viewed by more than 250 million people around the world.
"The Jesus Film" is now showing in theaters around the U.S. and will be released nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and digital format on April 1. To learn more, visit www.jesusfilmhd.com.