Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Flock of Dodos

The first advance screening of a new film about the intelligent design controversy in Kansas, “Flock of Dodos: the evolution-intelligent design circus,” by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Randy Olson will be held in the Kansas City area at 7:00 pm on Feb. 2 at the Glenwood Arts theater at 95th and Metcalf.

You can view the trailer for the film and a list of other advance screenings -- including Harvard, Stonybrook, Cornell, and Yale -- at the "Flock of Dodos" website.

Here's the news release:

Prairie Starfish Productions announces the upcoming completion of, “Flock of Dodos: the evolution-intelligent design circus” (84 minutes length) the first feature length documentary on the Intelligent Design controversy that has appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek this year.

Filmmaker and former evolutionary ecologist Dr. Randy Olson explores the controversy over the teaching of evolution and the recently developed alternative, intelligent design. Olson focuses on how the two sides communicate their arguments as he visits the current battleground state of Kansas and the small community of Dover, Pennsylvania which attempted to introduce the teaching of intelligent design. “It’s a reflection of the current culture wars,” Olson says. “It’s the age old split between science and religion, with a few new twists.”

“There is a culture war going on in the United States right now,” says Kansas conservative author Jack Cashill in the film. “And Its not about left or right. Its not about democrat or republican. Its about those people who believe that there’s a larger intelligence in the universe and those who don’t. And that’s the essential divide in America today.”

Olson draws on basic aspects of evolution as metaphors, including the extinct dodo which he suggests symbolizes what happens to those unable to change with their environment. Featured are seven top advocates for intelligent design, including Dr. Michael Behe, author of “Darwin’s Black Box,” fourteen evolution Ph.D.’s, a poker game among eight evolutionists, and three minutes of animated dodos playing poker and dancing.

Advanced screenings of the film are scheduled for Kansas City, Boston, New York, Ithaca, N.Y., New Haven, Ct., Los Angeles and Houston. Wide release of the film awaits a distribution deal.


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