Screening date: April 27th, Student Union (FREE), 6pm
Synopsis: "Flock of Dodos" is a documentary feature film written and directed by Randy Olson. This film captures the tension in Summer 2005 when Kansas School Board was taken over by several members supporting the teachings of "intelligent design" alongside the teaching of evolution in science classes. Interviews from both sides of the controversy are combined with a poker game among evolutionists, as well as commentary from Randy Olson's mother, Mufft Moose. This is a film that poses the questions of "Who are the dodos?" and let's audience members decide.
Description obtained via www.randyolsonproductions.com
About the Director: Despite having his Harvard Ph.D., four years of post-doctoral research in Australia and Flordia, Randy Olson tossed it all in, resigned from his tenured professorship, and moved to Hollywood to explore film as a medium for communicating science. Today, he is an independent filmmaker, writing and directing his own feature films about major issues in science.
Reviews: The National Review called, "an important accomplishment," and Smithsonian Magazine picked for their list of, "Ten Science Movies We Loved From The 2000's." The movie premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, aired on Showtime for two years, is distributed on DVD by New Video (home video) and Documentary Educational Resources (educational video), and can be viewed on Netflix. For Darwin Day (February 12) in 2007 it was screened at over 100 museums and universities.
Watch the trailer here: