THE SCROLL HISTORY
Parrish Smith the son of a preacher always fell asleep in church when he was a child… until his father started telling stories. It was the storytelling that engaged him and those stories made the Word relevant to him in his every day life. The story of “The Scroll: Evidence of Life Unseen” some might say has been in the works for over 30 years.
In the summer of 2011, The Scroll was selected as one of five finalist documentaries at The American Black Film Festival, and premiered to sold out audiences. The Scroll has since premiered at The Urbanworld Film Festival, Charlotte Black Film Festival, and Transforming Stories International in South Africa. The Scroll won BEST DOCUMENTARY in North Carolina Family Film Festival and Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival. Shortly after the premier in 2011, Black Cinema Café in association with Fifth Third Bank sponsored The Scroll and ventured on a five-city tour involving VIP and general audience screenings. The cities consisted of Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Chicago. The film was well received by standing ovations and jam-packed crowds. In addition, The Scroll has screened at over fifty venues throughout the country including Enon Tabernacle in Philadelphia, PA, Word of Faith Family Cathedral in Austell, GA, The Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD, and Trinity United in Chicago, IL just to name a few. In the midst of the five-city tour, The Gospel Music Network acquired the network rights of The Scroll. Thus GMC and it’s affiliate ASPIRE have developed the film into a four-part series which is set to air in February of 2013 on ASPIRE. Furthermore, in an increasing and challenging DVD sales market, especially involving faith-based documentaries, The Scroll has been acquired for DVD retail by Walmart. Also, The Scroll is the 1st faith-based African American documentary to be acquired by Redbox! Subsequently, The Scroll is now available in retail and rental outlets, is currently on Netflix, and has been published into a self-help book by Kensington Publishing entitled, "The Scroll".