Director Scott Thurman will be in attendance for a Q&A following a screening of his film THE REVISIONARIES. This documentary examines the Texas Board of Education as they attempt to re-write teaching and textbook standards for nearly 5 million school children by eliminating the theory of evolution from textbooks.
HUG AN ATHEIST will make its World Premiere at the festival with director Sylvia Broeckx in attendance. Her film follows atheism in the USA, dispelling the myths and untruths following ordinary American atheists on their journey through life.
Vikram Gandhi’s hilarious satire KUMARE will screen at the festival. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, KUMARE follows Vikram as he impersonates a fake guru and builds a following of real people.
Director Scott Burdick’s short film SOPHIA INVESTIGATES THE GOOD NEWS CLUB looks at the religious fundamentalism that is forcing public schools to subsidize and promote their agenda. Lead skeptical reporter and student Sophia Winkler will be at the festival to answer questions about her experience getting to the bottom of the club’s shady proselytization tactics.
CREATION looks at Charles Darwin’s (played by Paul Bettany) struggles to find a balance between his theories on evolution and the relationship with his religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work. Director Jon Amiel’s film originally debut in 2009 but will make a special screening during the festival.
Finally, Peter Mullan’s film THE MAGDALENE SISTERS will round out the selection for the 5th Atheist Film Festival. This film follows three young Irish women who struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.
Now in its fifth year, the Atheist Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival dedicated to showcasing feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated cinema created especially for the secular community. Whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, secular humanist, heathen, heretic, bright, or just a fan of fresh, offbeat cinema that celebrates and encourages reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry both inside and outside of the movie theater, the Atheist Film Festival is for you.
“Too often mainstream films have embraced a generic, watered-down spirituality and magical thinking,” says David Fitzgerald, director and co-founder of the Atheist Film Festival. “What’s worse, many films treat science and reason as a cold, comfortless, empty worldview and paint skeptical characters as either uptight killjoys who get their come-uppance; or as victims, bitter at their loss of faith who are humbled and tearfully return to God at the film’s end.
“As an atheist and a voracious film buff, I always appreciated it when a film turned up that had the courage to challenge not only religious notions, but to buck Hollywood tropes like muzzy, patronizing spirituality and the stereotype of the skeptic killjoy. So when film festival maven Hank Hyena approached the San Francisco Atheists in 2009 about putting on a film festival especially for heretics like us, I was not only overjoyed, but had a lineup ready to go! This year’s lineup, as in prior years, features a mix of feature and indie films, docs and drama, the serious and the hilarious.”
About The Atheist Film Festival
The Atheist Film Festival is the world’s first of its kind. A Director’s Reception will take place on Friday, September 13 at the historic Bowman House in Cow Hollow. To purchase special Pass+Party tickets, Directors' Reception tickets and festival passes, tickets and schedule to go http://atheistfilmfestival.brownpapertickets.com/