Once every decade, the 15 members of the Texas Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the state's textbook standards. Led by Don McLeroy, a Young Earth Creationist, Evangelical Christian, and beloved local dentist, the panel will debate and implement controversial new standards related to science, evolution, social studies, and American history that will ultimately go into effect in textbooks adopted by schools across the nation. Challenged by outspoken activist Kathy Miller, as well as Thomas Ratliff, a moderate conservative out to unseat him, McLeroy faces an uphill battle, with the fate of American education itself hanging in the balance.
First-time director Scott Thurman has captured a fascinating front-line snapshot of America's "culture wars," shining a deserved spotlight on this divisive and far-reaching process that puts sweeping power in the hands of a controversial few. Sure to be a conversation starter, The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education, and a microcosm of our politically and ideologically divided nation this election year.
Length: 83 minutes
Director: Scott Thurman
Screenwriter: Jawad Metni, Scott Thurman
Producer: Pierson Silver, Orlando Wood, Scott Thurman
Editor: Jawad Metni
Director of Photography: Zac Sprague, Scott Thurman
Executive Producer: Jim Butterworth, Vijay Dewan
Composer: Mark Orton
Co-Producer: Chandra C.Silver, Daniel J. Chalfen
Consulting Editor: Michael LaHaie
Scott Thurman worked as a news photographer for four years and has produced three short films, including Smokey, which screened at AFI Dallas and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Scott originally conceived of a documentary film about the Texas Board of Education for his thesis at the University of North Texas.