One filmmaker’s experience of ‘chasing objectivity’

Class tomorrow promises to be really interesting. Scott Thurman will be in class talking about his film, “The Revisionaries.” (He will show part of the film before the discussion.)

Here’s what he had to say in an interview with Filmmaker Magazine about his approach to the subject of textbook review and selection in Texas, the subject of his film:

I still strive for an objective representation of the issue and all characters, but have learned that seeking absolute objectivity is like chasing an ever-changing horizon line, and that the equal treatment of various viewpoints on any issue may not only be boring, but in some cases misleading.

This is by no means the first time I have heard this sentiment expressed, and we’ve talked about it in class.  One of you, one day recently, asked, “What if there really aren’t two sides to the story?”

Based on the little I’ve read so far about Scott Thurman’s approach to this film, the key for him was developing respect for the characters in his film — especially the central subject — and their point of view on evolution and other matters of science. I think that’s an important goal: respect for various points of view, to the degree that it’s humanly possible.

Please read that interview (hyperlinked above) and think about the film and the challenges he must have faced in gathering the material for it. Come up with at least two questions for the filmmaker. Thanks.

 

 

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