Kino Lorber Press Release: The Revisionaries

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    Kino Lorber Releases The Revisionaries,
    a documentary by Scott Thurman about the Texas State Board of Education, on DVD

    Street date: April 30, 2013
    DVD SRP: $29.95

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    New York, NY - April 26, 2013 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the DVD release of The Revisionaries, a documentary by Scott Thurman that examines the controversy surrounding the Texas State Board of Education and the decisions involved in the rewriting of teaching and textbook standards for its students.

    The film, which Kino Lorber released theatrically last year, comes to DVD on April 30th with a SRP of $29.95.

    With unprecedented access to the 15 people elected as members of the Texas State Board of Education, The Revisionaries offers a behind-the-scenes look at how a small group of local officials decide what should be taught to the next generation of high school students across America.

    Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole.

    Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, and avowed young-earth creationist, leads the Religious Right charge. After briefly serving on his local school board, McLeroy was elected to the Texas State Board of Education and later appointed chairman. During his time on the board, McLeroy has overseen the adoption of new science and history curriculum standards, drawing national attention and placing Texas on the front line of the so-called "culture wars."

    In his last term, McLeroy, aided by Cynthia Dunbar, an attorney from Houston and professor of Law at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, finds himself not only fighting to change what Americans are taught, but also fighting to retain his seat on the board. Challenged by Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, and Ron Wetherington, an anthropology professor from Southern Methodist University in Texas, McLeroy faces his toughest term yet.

    The Revisionaries follows the rise and fall of some of the most controversial figures in American education through some of their most tumultuous intellectual battles.

    16x9, 1.85:1 / 83 minutes / English / Not Rated / Stereo / Color

    The Revisionaries
    Director: Scott Thurman
    Genre: Documentary
    Street date: April 30, 2013
    DVD SRP: $29.95
     

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