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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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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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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The last great superpower, the last great dogmatic nation, 3 October 2013
Author: Snaggletooth . from United Kingdom

As someone based in the UK, I live in one of the most secular countries in the world, (which Im very pleased to say). That said, there's still far too much religious influence even here (as far as Im concerned). But when it comes to America however, US government and US schools have long been infiltrated by religious crackpots trying to infest minds with their dogma written by sheep-herders some 2000yrs ago. Its quite likely, that America is much more religiously biased than countries like Iraq and Afghanistan which it portrays as places of crazy faith-fuelled zealots.

Just why it is that many parts of America are still fighting the theory of Evolution (even on the use of the word "theory") is amazing in this scientific age. Maybe this was easier back in 1859 when even the great man Darwin wasn't exactly sure as to what the mechanisms of Evolution were, but with the discovery of DNA any doubt was wiped from the record. And here we are almost 100yrs after the Scopes Trial still going over the same old rants from lunatics.

The Revisionaries movie documents just what happens when one of these religious loonies gets themselves into a position to affect schooling for everyone, by controlling what books are sent to US schools and therefore having a country-wide influence. It's a stunning film, and it runs like some surreal story from a distant time and place, when (very) alarmingly it isn't. Today its almost impossible to declare oneself an Atheist and be successful in US government, which gives ideology a fine foothold in American life. The media gets involved too, with places like FOX News also contaminating the water. The final piece of the twisted puzzle is to run their dogma like cancer through American schools eradicating all things Darwinesque. Some folk just don't get the "separation between church and state" idea I guess.

I cant fathom how it is that one manages to blinker themselves to the huge mass of information out there proving the age of the Universe, Galaxy, Solar System and Earth but it must take some doing. The film openly shows backward humans declaring the planet is 6000yrs old (lol). I suppose if you read/say something enough times however you may well start to believe your own mantra. Those peasants who wrote what is known as "The Bible" probably had about as much intelligence back then as some of these Texas Board members do right now – still selling the same old fairies in the sky.

But of course, we all know science and logic will ultimately prevail.

For those folk of rationality, intellect, and free-thought, watch this movie and feel your jaw drop at the hilarity of it all. Maybe some day we will be rid of these crazy people stuck in their Dark Ages time-warp. Or maybe we could just pack them all into a big boat somewhere, two by two, and let them sail off to la-la-land so we don't have to listen to them any more. Ahh… that would be nice.

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