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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:48 AM
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Help Bring "Creation" to the United States
Help Bring "Creation" to the United States

Creation, a Charles Darwin biopic, is having some trouble finding a distributor in the United States. The film will come to theatres in the UK on September 25th and has successfully secured distribution in nearly every major market--including Europe, Canada and Australiabut not in the U.S. The film, which is based on a successful book and stars Jennifer Connelly, has created a lot of buzz alreadyand we want to bring that excitement here!

But American distributors are scared. Its been 150 years since Charles Darwins On the Origin of Species was published, yet some still consider the book to be controversial. To borrow a phrase from our British neighbors, this is balderdash.

Please sign our petition in support of the film. Let distributors know you want to see it and you wont stand for censorship!

Check out a clip of the film here:

More:
http://action.americanhumanist.org/t/9133/petition.jsp?...



"If mental degenerates like religious conservatives still exist into the twenty-first Century, my theory of 'Survival of The Fittest' shall be in serious question."


See prior thread:

Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:53 AM
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1. while I don't yet see this on Amazon, it is already available for pre-order on Netflix
so, no worries. Now that there is a 'controversy', this film will easily find a distributor in the US.
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:39 AM
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2. Done
I am posting it all over.







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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:36 AM
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3. Creation: A drama about the life of Charles Darwin
by Eugenie Scott, Director of the National Center for Science Education

I and NCSE staff were invited to view the new Jon Amiel movie, Creation, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly. I believe it to be a thoughtful, well-made film that will change many views of Darwin held by the publicfor the good. The acting is strong, the visuals are wonderful, and it treats with loving care the Victorian details of the furnishings at Down house and other sites (such as Malvern), and the local church ...

As someone with a stake in how the public understands evolution and its most famous proponent, the bottom line for me was that the science be presented accurately. The second was that the story of Darwins life be presented accurately.

I have no problems with the former: natural selection and evolution (common descent, expressed in the movie by the tree of life metaphor) are both presented accurately, and although the movie does not dwell a great deal on the actual science, the importance of science to Darwin was apparent. Darwin was accurately presented as a curious naturalist (engaging his kids in natural historygeology, beetles, nature walkseven scientifically studying his baby! etc). Darwin is seen as a careful scientistlots of microscope work, lots of careful record-keeping of pigeons, barnacles, etc. It is also clearwhich is historically accuratethat Darwin was held in high regard as a scientist by his colleagues. The scientific part was fine.

How about the historical part? I have just read Randal Keyness Annies Box, the book upon which the movie is based, refreshing my memory on the details of the period of Darwins life covered by the movie. Plus I already know a bit about Darwins time, given my odd line of work, and my former career as a university professor teaching evolution. I am satisfied with the historical presentation, though not fully in agreement with all of it. But thats OK. This isnt a documentary about Darwin, its a movie about Darwin. And theres a difference. With the latter, you dont expect absolute fealty to the historical recordthough you dont have toand shouldntaccept wholesale violations ...

http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2009/09/eugenie-scott-r...
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moggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:09 AM
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5. Oh dear, Genie doesn't know how to use apostrophes?
DTM. I'm switching sides.
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:11 AM
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4. signed
America has flipped on its head. It is such a backwards country because of 30 years of hard-right politics and fundamentalist Christianity getting the spotlight in our media and, hence, in our minds.
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comtec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:54 AM
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6. k 4 later
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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 01:35 PM
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7. Distributors are only scared of LOSING MONEY on this bomb.
They have created this so-called "controversy" to get media attention.
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GreenStormCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:26 PM
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8. Too intellectual for American audiences.
No car chases, no gasoline explosions, no sex scenes, no fights, etc. And they expect this to play over here?

I wonder how many people would be able to correctly answer: "Who was Charles Darwin?"
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gk88850 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 09:47 PM
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9. Fucking ridiculous that we can't see it
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