Journey Films was founded in 1983 by award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier as a television and film production company specializing in religion, faith and spirituality. Journey has produced more than 30 documentary films that have aired on PBS, ABC, NBC, the BBC and on broadcast outlets around the world. Journey’s films have been translated into more than a dozen languages. The early films introduced the American audience to the faith communities of Taize and L’Arche. Biographical documentaries followed with profiles on Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago, the celebrated German theologian and Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the architect of the Catholic Church’s Vatican II – Cardinal Suenens. More recently The Power of Forgiveness won many top awards and inspired a companion book. A profile of the Washington National Cathedral won a regional Emmy and The ADVENTISTS films became a popular series on PBS stations and a best-selling DVD on Amazon. In all, Journey’s films have won six Gabriel Awards for the nation’s best film on a topic of religion, three awards at the US International Film and Television Festival, the Sun Valley Film Festival and many others.
President - Founder
Martin holds degrees in Religious Studies, Broadcast Journalism and honorary degrees in Fine Arts and Humane Letters. Since 1984 he has produced and directed more than 30 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality. Martin combines a lifelong interest in religion with a passion for storytelling. Over the years he has traveled on location to more than forty countries to profile numerous religious leaders, spiritual communities, heads of state and Nobel Laureates. His films explore how belief can lead individuals to extraordinary acts, how spirituality creates and sustains communities and how faith is lived in extraordinary ways.
Director of Photography
Nathan is the Director of Photography and editor for Journey Films. He brings a fresh and dynamic look to The ADVENTISTS 2, The BLUEPRINT and CHAPLAINS. He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University where he studied Film Production. Before coming to Journey he worked as First Assistant Cameraman on several independent feature films and continues to work on independent films in his free time.
Jen began working with Journey Films in 2015 as Production Manager for CHAPLAINS and most recently as Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary: An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. She has worked as an independent producer, editor, cinematographer, and sound mixer on several community-based documentaries, and often collaborates with grassroots organizations to create video content for local and national campaigns — some of the groups she’s worked with include: 350.org, Center forCommunity Change, Positive Women’s Network, Teach for America, Al Jazeera, Kartemquin Films. She brings with her creativity, a fresh perspective, and passion for all things sincere.
Associate Producer of CHAPLAINS
Ellen Tripler joined Journey Films as a producer in 2013. She worked as an independent documentary filmmaker in Washington, DC for the past eight years. Ellen is an adjunct professor at American University where she earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts. Her films cover spiritual, social and environmental topics and have won a Student Academy Award, a Student Emmy Award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award. Ellen spent over 15 years in Europe and India where she worked in media and as a trainer in meditation, her lifelong passion. She is a former board member of the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Film and Video.
Associate Producer for The Blueprint and Adventists 2
Deryl joined Journey Films as an Associate Producer in 2012. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for the PBS program Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly where he was twice recognized for best religion reporting by the Religion Newswriters Association. He was also a founding producer for The Sunday Forum, a religion in public life series at the Washington National Cathedral. Deryl is an associate faculty member in religion and drama at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Production Assistant for CHAPLAINSSince graduating from Howard University, Shyla has worked in various positions ranging from live television productions to films. She is currently working at the National Geographic Channel. While working for Journey Films she helped in the development of CHAPLAINS and was field producer for the initial shooting. In her spare time she is working on her first documentary film – Sankofa. .
Music Composer for CHAPLAINS
With CHAPLAINS, the Emmy-award winning composer John Keltonic has completed his fifth original score for Journey Films, including BONHOEFFER, ALBERT SCHWEITZER, The Power of Forgiveness and The ADVENTISTS series. “CHAPLAINS is a film that casts a wide net over a very diverse group of professionals,” says Keltonic. “The variety of fascinating stories gave me the opportunity to work in a large number of musical styles – always a composer’s dream.”
Production Assistant for CHAPLAINS
John Dillon is a native Californian, photographer, traveler and video producer. While with Journey Films he worked on three films including The ADVENTISTS 2, The BLUEPRINT and CHAPLAINS. He was second camera on the CHAPLAINS shoot in Afghanistan. John continues to freelance in video production and lives in Washington, DC.