Directed by Scott Thurman
In Austin, Texas, fifteen people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole.
Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, and avowed young-earth creationist, leads the Religious Right charge. After briefly serving on his local school board, McLeroy was elected to the Texas State Board of Education and later appointed chairman. During his time on the board, McLeroy has overseen the adoption of new science and history curriculum standards, drawing national attention and placing Texas on the front line of the so-called "culture wars."
In his last term, McLeroy, aided by Cynthia Dunbar, an attorney from Houston and professor of Law at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, finds himself not only fighting to change what Americans are taught, but also fighting to retain his seat on the board. Challenged by Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, and Ron Wetherington, an anthropology professor from Southern Methodist University in Texas, McLeroy faces his toughest term yet.
THE REVISIONARIES follows the rise and fall of some of the most controversial figures in American education through some of their most tumultuous intellectual battles.
New York Times' Critics' Pick.
"A solid entry in the chronicles of the culture wars [evolution vs. creationism], this is recommended" - Video Librarian, 3 stars
"The Revisionaries is a gripping and important film for anyone who cares about the future of public education." - Chris Vognar, Dallas News Pop Culture Blog
"Of all the scary movies you may see this month, none will be more chilling than Scott Thurman's documentary about the Texas State Board of Education." - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"An alarming, hilarious documentary ..." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"The scariest horror film seen in a long time." - Harry Knowles, Aintitcool News
Winner 2014 Dupont Award
Winner - Independent Lens Audience Award
Best Documentary Feature Nominee Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection Hot Docs
RT' @Smellthebreeze': ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My favorite movie thus far this year. It’s about queerness, blackness, oppression, liberation, technology, tr…
RT' @cineSPEAK': FRI JULY 8' @BartramsGarden—Catch' this gorgeous #film under the summer sky w/Opening Performance x' @JacqConMusic' ++ Sculptura…
RT' @SaulWilliams': “The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the…
RT' @dreamstatesmeta': Unanimous Goldmine is the greeting of the resource rich who face a world beholden to the currency of our depletion. Th…
RT' @dreamstatesmeta': Get charged✨✨🛸 📍See #NeptuneFrost tonight!' https://t.co/Zoz43RKjq7'' https://t.co/ME45MxiO4U'
RT' @manyweare': This right here. Saul Williams is right: charge your spirit and imagination with art like Neptune Frost. We need it. https:/…
RT' @SaulWilliams': NEPTUNE FROST is "a war cry that’s simultaneously a galvanizing call to action, a message of hope and a reminder that a d…
RT' @Belcourt': "A percussive, transcendental Afrofuturist musical" re' @intothecrevasse'' @LWLies'. ' @SaulWilliams' and #AnisiaUzeyman's NEPTUNE…
RT' @Cinema_Detroit': NEPTUNE FROST starts July 01! Info and tickets at' https://t.co/txY8s4d80Q' #movies #detroit #CinemaDetroit' https://t.co…'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.