by Randy Olson
Ed. Note: The following is a press release from Randy Olson, director of Flock of Dodos, a documentary about the evolution vs. intelligent design creationism battle, focusing on Kansas.
Nationwide Screenings of FLOCK OF DODOS to Celebrate Darwin Day!
Los Angeles, December 6, 2006 -- The feature documentary, FLOCK OF DODOS: THE EVOLUTION-INTELLIGENT DESIGN CIRCUS will be the focus of screenings and panel discussions in the weeks around Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12. In the spirit of town hall meetings, over 15 museums nationwide will host the film and a wide variety of events and discussions, bringing together communities to clarify this controversy that appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek twice in the past year.
This is the first feature length film to examine both sides of the controversy over the teaching of intelligent design vs. evolution in public schools. Former evolutionary biologist turned filmmaker, Dr. Randy Olson takes a lighthearted first-person approach as he travels the country chronicling the on-going brouhaha, beginning in his home state of Kansas where his 83-year-old mother, Muffy Moose, is neighbors with the top lawyer for intelligent design.
To date, FLOCK OF DODOS Darwin Day events have already been scheduled in Boston (Museum of Fine Art), Denver (Denver Museum of Nature & Science), Detroit (Detroit New Science Museum), Ft. Lauderdale (Museum of Discovery & Science), Kansas City (Science City at Union Station), Los Angeles (Univ. of Southern Calif.), New York City (New York Hall of Science), Pittsburgh (Carnegie Science Center), Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences), Salt Lake City (Utah Museum of Natural History), San Francisco (Exploratorium), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History), Seattle (Pacific Science Center), St. Louis (Saint Louis Science Center), Tampa (Museum of Science & Industry). The filmmaker and Muffy Moose will attend a number of these events in mid-February.
"You'll flip for FLOCK OF DODOS." - New York Times
"Poised for instant success." - Variety
"An important accomplishment." - National Review
FLOCK OF DODOS had its world premiere in May 2006 at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and has since been playing to sold-out audiences at museums and universities nationwide. For complete schedule of FLOCK OF DODOS Darwin Day events and to see the trailer visit: www.flockofdodos.com
Museums and universities are welcome to participate in this special celebration. To join the flock contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Contact: Karen O'Hara at email@example.com or 520-326-0813