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WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

THE REVISIONARIES

Directed by Scott Thurman
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 83 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE REVISIONARIES
Once every decade, the 15 members of the Texas Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the state's textbook standards. Led by Don McLeroy, a Young Earth Creationist, Evangelical Christian, and beloved local dentist, the panel will debate and implement controversial new standards related to science, evolution, social studies, and American history that will ultimately go into effect in textbooks adopted by schools across the nation. Challenged by outspoken activist Kathy Miller, as well as Thomas Ratliff, a moderate conservative out to unseat him, McLeroy faces an uphill battle, with the fate of American education itself hanging in the balance.

First-time director Scott Thurman has captured a fascinating front-line snapshot of America's "culture wars," shining a deserved spotlight on this divisive and far-reaching process that puts sweeping power in the hands of a controversial few. Sure to be a conversation starter, The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education, and a microcosm of our politically and ideologically divided nation this election year.
Documentary
About the Director(s)
Scott Thurman worked as a news photographer for four years and has produced three short films, including Smokey, which screened at AFI Dallas and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Scott originally conceived of a documentary film about the Texas Board of Education for his thesis at the University of North Texas.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    83 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Scott Thurman
  • Screenwriter:
    Jawad Metni, Scott Thurman
  • Producer:
    Pierson Silver, Orlando Wood, Scott Thurman
  • Editor:
    Jawad Metni
  • Director of Photography:
    Zac Sprague, Scott Thurman
  • Executive Producer:
    Jim Butterworth, Vijay Dewan
  • Composer:
    Mark Orton
  • Co-Producer:
    Chandra C.Silver, Daniel J. Chalfen
  • Consulting Editor:
    Michael LaHaie

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