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The Revisionaries -- The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.

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The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Rick Agosto ... Himself - Texas School Board Member
Lawrence Allen Jr. ... Himself - SBOE Board Member
David Anderson ... Himself - Lobbyist
Mary Helen Berlanger ... Herself - Texas School Board Member

Stephen Colbert ... Himself - The Colbert Report (archive footage)
Bob Craig ... Himself - Texas School Board Member
Cynthia Dunbar ... Herself - SBOE District 10
Mel Gabler ... Himself - Founder Educational Research Analysts Inc. (archive footage)
Mike Hudson ... Himself - Former Texas Director People For the American Way
Mavis Knight ... Herself - Texas School Board Member
Gail Lowe ... Herself - Texas School Board Member

Chris Matthews ... Himself - Hardball Host (archive footage)
Don McLeroy ... Himself - State Board of Education Chairman
Ken Mercer ... Himself
Stephen C. Meyer ... Himself -The Discovery Institute
Kathy Miller ... Herself - Texas Freedom Network
Rene Nuñez ... Himself - Texas School Board Member
Barbara Parker ... Herself - People for the American Way (archive footage)
Thomas Ratliffe ... Himself - Legislative Consultant
Jonathan Saenz ... Himself - Liberty Institute
Steven Schafersman ... Himself - President of Texas Citizens for Science
Eugenie C. Scott ... Herself - National Center for Science Education (as Eugenie Scott)
Matthew Staver ... Himself - Liberty Counsel Founder
Bill Talkington ... Himself - Former President Holt Publishers
Rob Weatherington ... Himself - Anthropology Professor SMU

Brian Williams ... Himself - News Reporter
Brian Wilson ... Himself - Fox News Reporter (archive footage)

Directed by
Scott Thurman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jawad Metni 
Scott Thurman 

Produced by
Jim Butterworth .... executive producer
Daniel J. Chalfen .... co-producer
Vijay Dewan .... executive producer
Rose Lee .... consulting producer
Keith Reinhard .... consulting producer
Chandra C. Silver .... co-producer
Linda Silver .... consulting producer
Pierson Silver .... producer
Aaron Smoot .... consulting producer
Scott Thurman .... producer
Orlando Wood .... producer
Diane Kidman Young .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Orton 
 
Cinematography by
Zachary W. Sprague (co-director of photography) (as Zachary Sprague)
Scott Thurman (co-director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jawad Metni 
 
Sound Department
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Mangus .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Sean Donnelly .... colorist
Michael LaHaie .... consulting editor
 
Other crew
Savanna Cummin .... production assistant
Marilyn Haft .... legal counsel
Chachie Hood .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Todd Alric .... special thanks
Lindsay Cazel .... special thanks
Cait Fannin-Peel .... special thanks
Gemma Knight .... special thanks
Mark Lane .... special thanks
Norman Lear .... thanks
Colin McRoberts .... special thanks
Tai Schimizu .... special thanks
Jenett Tillotson .... special thanks
 

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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Science and Politics, 31 July 2012
Author: Doha Film from Qatar

The interpretation of language is at the center of Scott Thurman's engaging documentary about the Texas Board of Education's meetings to discuss the school curriculum. In 2009 the hot topic was the teaching of evolutionary theory in science classes.

The head of the board at the time was dentist Don McLeroy, a creationist who believes that the Earth was created just 6000 years ago. He once publicly stated that 'education is too big a subject not to be politicized." What he really wants to see is science textbooks highlighting doubts about the theory of evolution. His arguments are couched in scientific terms but it doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to see the political angle. Although it's clear that the director's sympathies lie with the scientists complaining that creationists are trying to hijack the curriculum, what's remarkable is how McLeroy is treated sympathetically, portrayed as man who has firm beliefs and just wants those to be taught to others.

What emerges is not just a discussion on religion but a sterling look at local government and how incredibly important and fundamental decisions are being made with very little democratic mandate. Less than 20 per cent of the electorate voted in the last board elections. Most decisions it seems are last minute fudges where turn of phrase becomes paramount. Yet the fascinating arguments over science classes have nothing on the 2010 discussions on social studies, where suggestions range from replacing 'hip hop' with 'country music' and one board member trying to insist on the use of the middle name Hussein when citing President Barack Obama. Without board approval, Texas schools cannot buy textbooks, and the publishers won't print non-approved books. It's a documentary in the great traditions of Errol Morris highlighting the politicization of education and culture and how the pursuit of knowledge is obstructed by ideological dogma.

Find all of our film and festival coverage, as well as our events and education at www.DohaFilmInstitute.com. Follow us on Twitter @DohaFilm.

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