TV Crew Orthodox Encyclopedia visits U.S. to shoot documentary on OCA

St. Vladimir's Seminary, November 11, 2010

A TV crew from Russia's Orthodox Encyclopedia is currently visiting the East Coast of the United States, and has spent this week filming at St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary, the Seminary's official site reports. The TV crew, led by Archpriest Alexey Uminsky, host of the popular Russian TV program "Orthodox Encyclopedia," shot extensive footage around the St. Vladimir campus. The crew is producing a documentary film on the history of the Orthodox Church in American (OCA).

The crew was interested in the mission of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and, particularly, in the roles played by Frs. Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff in its history.

"Orthodox Encyclopedia" is a major nationally broadcast Orthodox TV program in Russia. As its name indicates, it is an arm of the "Orthodox Encyclopedia Ecclesiastical Scholarly Research Center of the Russian Orthodox Church," which is publishing the huge multi-volume Orthodox Encyclopedia, an endeavor that has been ongoing for a decade, and still continues.

The current episode being filmed was conceived to mark the 40th anniversary of the OCA's autocephaly, and to pay tribute to the late Fr. Dmitry Grigorieff, SVOTS alumnus and former faculty member. The film crew's short visit to the United States is limited to Washington D.C., mainly St. Nicholas Cathedral; St. Vladimir's Seminary; interviews with Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and with Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Sea Cliff, NY; and St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.

The TV program will be broadcast in Russia in January or February 2011. Soon after broadcast, the transcript and video will be posted on the Website of "Orthodox Encyclopedia" and the YouTube channel of the Russian Orthodox Church.


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