Darwin on the Big Screen
"Creation", the new film about Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, premieres on Friday, January 22, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Boston, and Washington, DC.
The movie is based on Annie's Box (Creation: Darwin, His Daughter & Human Evolution in the U.S.), written by Randal Keynes, Darwin's great-great-grandson.
So far, the film has garnered some impressive advance praise. NCSE's executive director notes that "Creation" is a "thoughtful, well-made film that will change many views of Darwin held by the public—for the better."
Olivia Judson, in the New York Times, adds: "Too often, Darwin is depicted as a kind of fossil: an old man with a huge beard looking as though he’s 350. It’s refreshing to see him looking young and handsome...more to the point, Bettany shows Darwin as a man rather than icon, imbuing him with life and love, gentleness and anxiety, tears and laughter. This alone makes it an important film."
The "Creation" national run begins on January 22 in these markets:
New York City: Landmark's Sunshine Cinema and Clearview's 1st & 62nd
Los Angeles: The Landmark
San Francisco Bay Area: Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema (SF) Landmark's Shattuck (Berkeley)
Washington, DC Landmark's E Street Cinema
Boston/Cambridge Landmark's Kendall Square
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January 22: For those in the Bay Area, the Embarcadero Center Cinema (in San Francisco) will host a Q&A panel after the 7:30pm screening on January 22, featuring the film's director Jon Amiel, Dr. Eugenie Scott of the NCSE, and Dr. Kevin Padian, Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
January 23: For those in the Boston/Cambridge area, the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema will host a Q&A panel after the 7pm screening of the film, featuring Dr. Kenneth Miller (biologist, Brown University; author of one of the most widely used high school biology textbooks in the U.S. and author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul), and Dr. Karl Giberson (physicist at Eastern Nazarene College and author of many books on evolution, including Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution).
January 23: For those in New York City, Landmark's Sunshine Theater will host a discussion--after the 7:05pm screening--featuring Dr. William Grassie. Dr. Grassie is the founder of Metanexus, a growing network of scholars, researchers, teachers, students, and citizens.
January 23: In Washington, DC, the Landmark E Street theater will host a discussion--after the 7:30pm show--featuring Toni Van Pelt, Director of Public Policy for the Center for Inquiry. The Center promotes science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.
January 24: In Los Angeles, The Landmark theater will host a Q&A--after the 2pm show--with "Creation" director Jon Amiel.
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