The Atheist Film Festival (AFF) welcomes one of our best lineups yet for the festival’s 5th anniversary on Saturday, September 14, 2013. From a dramatized take on Charles Darwin’s life to a depressingly true account of religious fundamentalists’ attempts to infiltrate public schools, the films selected for the 5th Annual Atheist Film Festival continue to raise questions and break rules. In 2013, we’re especially excited to bring directors Scott Thurman (The Revisionaries) and Sylvia Broeckx (Hug an Atheist, which will make its world premiere at AFF), as well as intrepid reporter Sophia Winkler (Sophia Investigates the Good News Club) to meet fans and answer questions at the festival, as well as the Directors’ Reception on September 13th. Get your tickets now before they miraculously disappear.
Screens at 12:00 PM
Directed by Jon Amiel, 108 min, 2009
English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to balance his revolutionary theories on evolution and his relationship with a religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work.
Screens at 2:00 PM
Followed by Q&A with Director Scott Thurman!
Directed by Scott Thurman, 92 min, 2012
The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America’s most influential Board of Education–in Texas, naturally. Director Scott Thurman will be at the festival to answer questions about the making of this award-winning film.
Ron Goes to Heaven
Screens at 4:10 PM, prior to Sophia Investigates the Good News Club
Directed by Alec Robbins and Ron Lechler, 4 min, 2012
When a phone call from a friend and a surreal question send Ron on an existential journey to the kingdom of Heaven, he meets God. He takes this rare opportunity to ask God for the answers to some of life’s hardest questions.
Sophia Investigates the Good News Club
Screens at 4:10 PM, following Ron Goes to Heaven
Followed by Q&A with featured reporter Sophia Winkler!
Directed by Scott Burdick, 36 min, 2012
A window on the powerful religious fundamentalism that is forcing public schools to subsidize and promote its agenda. The intrepid skeptic reporter Sophia Winkler will be at AFF to answer questions about her experience.
Screens at 5:20 PM
Directed by Vikram Ghandi, 84 min, 2011
This feature documentary film shows how filmmaker Vikram Gandhi impersonated a fake guru and built a following of real people. For those who question the cult of personality–or who have considered starting their own cult.
Hug An Atheist
Screens at 7:45 PM
WORLD PREMIERE followed by Q&A with Director Sylvia Broeckx!
Directed by Sylvia Broeckx, 2013 (in production)
A documentary film about atheism in the USA, dispelling the myths and untruths that plague ordinary American atheists on their journey through life. Director Sylvia Broeckx will be present to answer questions and maybe even give hugs.
The Magdalene Sisters
Screens at 9:45 PM
Directed by Peter Mullan, 119 min, 2002
The triumphant story of three extraordinary women whose courage to defy a century of injustice would inspire a nation. While women’s liberation sweeps the globe, in 1960s Ireland four “fallen” women are stripped of their liberty and dignity and condemned to indefinite servitude in the Magdalene Laundries, where they’ll work to atone for their “sins.”