Part of SFFILM Festival
We Believe in Dinosaurs
Co-directors Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross are expected to attend the April 13 and April 15 screenings.
Williamstown, Kentucky, is home to the Ark Encounter – a “life-size” creationist museum of Noah’s Ark, filled with all of the creatures that traveled in its hull, including dinosaurs. With incredible access to the park leading up to its opening, filmmakers Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross expose the larger system behind the creationist movement, piecing together the many factors that have led to the museum presenting its information as historical fact, and the people who are fighting to set the scientific record straight.
Amid a climate of science denial and a well-funded corporate behemoth, three Kentuckians try their best to challenge the movement that is taking over their home state, controversially profiting from state funding. A local geologist, an ex-creationist, and an atheist activist are among those profiled in the film who are trying to hinder the project. Meanwhile, fervent believers work diligently to create the lifelike animatronics that will be on display in the Ark. Leaving judgement aside, We Believe in Dinosaurs challenges the deep-seated doctrine that is passed down among creationists, pitting scientific fact vs. religious belief.
Clayton Brown teaches film at Northwestern University. As a filmmaker, he works in both fiction and documentary. Among his fiction films are Galileo’s Grave (2006), winner of the Chicago IFP Production Fund and Best Short Film awards at the East Lansing Film Festival and Albany Film Festival; The Tennessee Waltz (2010); and Number 6 (2012). His documentary work includes The Believers (2012), a collaboration with Monica Long Ross and the winner of the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival.
In addition to being a filmmaker, Monica Long Ross is a playwright whose works have been performed across the United States. Her short films include The Story of My Life, Memory, and Dinner. Among her features is the documentary The Atom Smashers (2008), which she directed in partnership with Clayton Brown. Along with Brown, she is a co-founder of 137 Films, a documentary production company devoted to telling stories rooted in science.
Director Clayton Brown, Monica Long Ross
Producer Amy Ellison, Monica Long Ross, Clayton Brown
Editor Clayton Brown
Cinematographer Clayton Brown
Music Kate Simko