Documentarian Scott Thurman coming to Goshen Art House for special screening, Q&A

Meet director Scott Thurman and see “The Revisionaries” this weekend. The documentary follows the controversial decisions to include – or exclude – evolution and creationism in textbooks across the country.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

GOSHEN — What happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas.

Goshen Art House is hosting a special screening with director Scott Thurman this weekend of his award-winning documentary “The Revisionaries,” a film that follows the controversial decisions made by the Texas State Board of Education that affect what students read in textbooks in classrooms across the country. Thurman has been invited to show his film and participate in a question and answer session at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the indie movie theater on the second floor of 211 S. Main St. in downtown Goshen.

Coming to Goshen Art House
  • GoProv Presents: Bring your own Boutonniere, 8 p.m., Friday, May 9. Tickets are $10.
More Movies at Goshen Art House
  • "The Revisionaries"
  • Farmers Market Film Series: "Growing Series"
  • "The Immortalists"
  • "Finding Vivian Maier"
Showtimes are listed at goshenarthouse.com.

Art House venue manager Ellyn Church saw the documentary in 2012 at the Traverse City Film Festival, a summer event in Michigan founded by activist and documentarian Michael Moore. There, she met Thurman for the first time and reconnected with him again in March at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.

Church said she does not typically like political documentaries because they tend to be biased, but she was impressed by the balance of opinions in “The Revisionaries.” The film notes opposing views on the debate about including – or excluding – evolution and creationism in textbooks.

Even though the documentary was filmed in Texas, Church said the storyline easily translates to life in Indiana.

“Textbooks manufactured in Texas are often distributed across the country because they don’t want to make different versions of textbooks for different states, so the decisions they make there in Texas actually affect the rest of us quite a bit,” she said.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To get tickets before the event, call the box office at (574) 538-2434. Additional screenings of the documentary without the Q&A are listed at goshenarthouse.com.

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.

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