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Press Release from Atheist Alliance International

‘The Evangelist’ for an Atheist Convention
For Immediate Release
(Tampa, June 25, 2010) Attendees of the Atheist Alliance International and Humanist Canada 2010 North American Convention will get an exclusive sneak preview of the International Freethought Film Festival.
This week, the Freethought Film Festival Foundation (FFFF) partnered with Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and Humanist Canada (HC), and committed as a convention sponsor of the AAI-HC 2010 North American Convention. The non-profit, educational organization, whose mission is to “promote reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry through the medium of film”, will be presenting an exclusive sneak preview of the International Freethought Film Festival. The founder and director of the Freethought Film Festival Foundation, Andrea Steele, will give an introduction of the organization to convention atten-dees; followed by a screening of the film, “The Evangelist”. The independent feature film was submitted to the International Freethought Film Festival for consideration, and was an early selection of the judges.
“The Evangelist” is director Nate Chapman‟s first feature film. He describes the film as follows: “At the heart of „The Evangelist‟ is a yearning for more communication between the religious and liberal free-thinkers. Neither taking sides or making value statements, the film pits the two groups together and il-lustrates the dangers of intolerance. Danny is a fixture of Provincetown, a very eccentric and countercul-tural community, while Gideon is a self-serious, fundamentalist. Gideon and Danny are both stubborn and resigned in their ways, acting on their own behalf rather than trying to understand each other.”
In addition to the sneak preview, FFFF will also be among the exhibitors at the AAI-HC 2010 North Ameri-can Convention, which will take place in Montreal, QC Canada, from October 1st-3rd, 2010. The FFFF booth will be tended by both Steele, and FFFF board member, Judi Green, and information about the In-ternational Freethought Film Festival will be available. The film festival is scheduled to take place in Tampa, Florida on Friday the 13th of May, 2011.
Steele states, “The International Freethought Film Festival is different from anything that has ever been done within the freethought movement. It‟s an event with the potential of gaining interest from the gen-eral public, as well as those who are already aware of the freethought community. It‟s a celebration of the artistic expression of freethought ideas, which tends to be forgotten, since the movement traditionally focuses on promoting science and literature. Art is a part of „The Good Life‟, and I hope that we can get the message across to convention attendees that freethought expression through the art of filmmaking is not limited to documentaries. It can be rich with symbolism that exercises the mind as much as a mathematical equation, and entertaining at the same time. „The Evangelist‟ demonstrates this beauti-fully.”
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Freethought Film Festival Foundation, Inc. was established in August, 2009, for the purpose of hosting an annual, International Freethought Film Festival. Its mission is to promote reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry through the medium of film. It is incorporated as a non-profit, charitable, educational organization, as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Federal tax code.
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For more information contact:
Andrea Steele Executive Director Freethought Film Festival Foundation, Inc. 888-821-1990
andrea.steele@freethoughtfilmfest.org
http://www.freethoughtfilmfest.org

Film Stew

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Check out this article on Film Stew about The Evangelist. Its description of the film is probably better than any I’ve ever come up with.

http://filmstew.com/showBlog.aspx?blog_id=1531

The article was also on Yahoo! movies, but it got taken down since they don’t archive their articles

The Freethinker

Freethinker is the longest-running Atheist journal in the world, operating since 1881. They recently published an article about The Evangelist along with a film by Alejandro Amenabar (director of Academy-Award Nominated The Sea Inside) called Agora, starring Rachel Weisz (The Fountain, The Constant Gardener)

http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/06/06/two-movies-for-atheists-to-watch-out-for/comment-page-1/#comment-36349