Today, right here in the USA, teachers and scientists are being silenced. Tomorrow, it could be you.
An unusual, thought-provoking film debuts nationwide April 18th 2008, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed". Chances are good you will recognize Ben Stein, the film's creator and guide, from recent television roles and commercials.
It's less likely, however, you will know Ben Stein is also a respected economist and writer who has advised several presidential administrations. His credentials and contacts in this latter profession led him to identify a disturbing pattern of practices by the scientific, intellectual, and political communities. The deeper he dug, the more resistance he met. Some folk sense resistance and back off; Ben Stein sensed resistance and a cover-up and made "Expelled".
The documentary makes liberal use of contemporary music like "Bad to the Bone" and Mr. Stein's droll humor to keep the film's pace moving along with a rock-&-roll energy. Yet , be warned: the questions the film raises and the events it documents will leave you distinctly uneasy about how our educational system, our sciences, and our freedom of speech are resolutely and insidiously being restricted and dumbed down.
Vote with your feet April 18th. Go see "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" at your favorite theatre.
[Previews of the documentary are available at the Expelled website. The website also provides downloadable and online tools you can use to tell your friends and neighbours about the movie.]
Is your morning newspaper and coffee an important part of your daily ritual? Do you have concerns about the internet's effect on responsible journalism and reporting?
We will be attending the AFI International Film Festival in Dallas this week with a special interest in STOP THE PRESSES!, a riveting documentary on the future of print journalism by Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum. Congratulations are due Manny and Mark: they are among the Top 10 nominees for Best Documentary. Well done!
The reception before the world premiere on Wednesday, 2d April, promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet some of the featured "players" in the documentary as well as members of the journalism community affected by the dramatic changes the internet has wrought on responsible reportage and news distribution. :::Besides, who wants to miss a film's world premiere: cocktails under the stars, witty persiflage, things on toast, the red carpet walk to view the film :-0 :::
Your sneak preview of STOP THE PRESSES! is below. Please take time to check it out and let your thoughts be known (gently!) If you will be in Dallas this week, the film will be shown again later this week. (For times and tickets: http://www.afidallas.com/) You can also view the trailer preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADx3mSpMcJI