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New York, NY - September 11, 2012 - Kino Lorber, Inc. is proud to announce the national opening of Scott Thurman's award-winning documentary THE REVISIONARIES (2012), an urgent expose about the religious takeover of the Texas State Board of Education and its effects on the future of the American public school system.
Starting with a national premiere in Dallas, TX (at the Landmark Magnolia 5) on October 5, 2012, THE REVISIONARIES will open in Houston, TX (at the Sundance Cinemas) on October 12, and then, in New York City (at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center) and Austin, TX (at the Violet Crown Cinema) on October 26, 2012 - before expanding to other national markets in November, 2012.
THE REVISIONARIES - Theatrical Schedule
Dallas, TX - October 5, 2012 - (Landmark Magnolia 5)
Houston, TX - October 12, 2012 - (Sundance Cinemas)
Austin, TX - October 26, 2012 - (Violet Crown Cinema)
New York, NY - October 26, 2012 - (Elinor Bunin Film Center)
THE REVISIONARIES showcases how public education has become the latest battleground in a new wave of cultural, religious and ideological clashes, with local Texas education board members advancing agendas of Creationism and other religious issues in public schools.
This "must-see film" (Michael Moore) premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary. It was also an official selection at the Dallas International Film Festival, HotDocs, Seattle International Film Festival, and most recently, at the AFI - Silverdocs Documentary Festival - among many others.
With unprecedented access to the 15 people elected as members of the Texas State Board of Education, THE REVISIONARIES offers a behind-the-scenes look at how a small group of local officials decide what should be taught to the next generation of high school students across America.
Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. Because of the huge scale of the Texas purchase and the economics of publishing, these rules are largely adopted by textbook publishers across the U.S., and in effect, dictate what students learn about science and social studies from Maine to Hawaii.
Don McLeroy, a dentist, young earth creationist and Sunday school teacher who believes dinosaurs and humans co-habited the earth, leads the religious right charge. During his time on the board, McLeroy has overseen the adoption of new science and history curriculum standards, placing Texas on the front line of the so-called "culture wars."
In his last term, McLeroy, aided by Cynthia Dunbar, a Law professor at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, found himself not only fighting to change what Americans are taught, but also struggling to retain his seat on the board.
Challenged by Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, and Ron Wetherington, an anthropology professor, McLeroy engaged in a national battle about the meaning of religious freedom and this country's separation between church and state.