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Bring this timely documentary to viewers nationwide at a watershed moment in American Civil Rights.
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We've been working on this film for many years and are excited to finally be able to present it to a wide audience. We originally considered the film a cautionary tale, but the divisive and dangerous political climate in the United States today makes it more urgent than ever that we organize screenings across the country and engage in dialogue with communities about the relevant topics in the documentary.

Is your life decided by your genes?

Our documentary answers this question and reveals how scientists and policy makers have promoted the gene as a pseudo-scientific myth, and rolled back gains on race, class, and gender equality for decades, based on the idea that genes determine who we are and what we can achieve. Our film uncovers the damage this myth continues to do to the values upon which our democracy is based, and which continues to damage our chances and our hopes for the American Dream.

We need to raise money to promote and distribute this important and valuable documentary … and we want you to be part of this project. We will be releasing the film independently in the fall following its sneak preview screening at the Santa Fe International Film Festival, where it was selected as Best Documentary.

"A Dangerous Idea is not only rich historic storytelling but an important reminder about the connection between science and equality; a subject that couldn't be more relevant. This film should be shown in schools as it is ripe for intense discussion and needs to be seen by as wide an audience as possible." Aaron Leventman, Director of Programming, Santa Fe Film Festival

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Together, we will launch a grassroots promotional and community outreach initiative to support our release in the Fall. The more successful these initial openings are, the wider we can expand across the country, working with partners to engage communities in unique ways that can only be done in a theatrical setting.

Your help will allow us to:

  • Organize screenings in 15 Cities across the USA by working with local and national stakeholder organizations to raise visibility of the film and the issues.
  • Invite some of the important thinkers in our film to participate Q&A panels after screenings
  • Develop the educational materials to accompany screenings

HOW ELSE CAN I BE INVOLVED?

Please help us spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign AND our film!

Tell your friends about the project:

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  • Post a link to our Kickstarter page on your Facebook and Twitter 
  •  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter 
  •  Visit our website and comment on our blog 
  •  Link to our website from your blog 
  •  Host a screening of our film for your friends and family 
  •  Drop us a line if you know someone who might be interested in the project. We’re always looking for introductions to like-minded organizations, local theaters, libraries, community colleges, universities.

OUR STORY

A DANGEROUS IDEA reveals how public misunderstanding of genetics and the promotion of genetic pseudoscience has served as a rationale for oppression and discrimination throughout modern American history. Like no other film before it, A DANGEROUS IDEA maps the front lines in the battle for the soul of this country, as economic and ideological interests continue to use the gene myth to unravel the American Dream. The film raises the question: Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? It presents the viewer with two deeply held views that are diametrically opposed: the belief that the American Dream of equality is possible to attain, and the belief that genes make us who we are.

WHO’S IN OUR FILM

We’ve filmed exclusive interviews with brilliant scientists, political thinkers and people involved in fighting to further the cause of civil rights, including

  • Agustín Fuentes
  • Evelyn Fox-Keller
  • Van Jones
  • Robert Reich
  • Richard Lewontin
  • Ignacio Chapela
  • Oliver James
  • and many more.

For a complete list, please go to our website.

Featured Experts
Featured Experts

 

OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew Kimbrell and Mary R. Morgan 

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR: Stephanie Welch 

PRODUCER: N. Jed Riffe 

EDITORS: Maureen Gosling and Sara Maamouri

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ann Skinner-Jones

CONSULTING PRODUCER: Bertram Verhaag

Our Team
Our Team

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL

If we don’t reach our goal, we don’t get any money. Donors make pledges, but don’t pay until our goal is reached and our funding deadline has passed. So please help us spread the word! Every little bit helps. 

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Not through this website. But if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do it through our Paragon Media, a non-profit organization. Please contact Executive Director Stephanie Welch at stephanie@paragon-media.org.

Risks and challenges

Making a film is always a long, expensive affair and carries a great deal of risk. Financially, we are already very extended, and we have a number of costs to cover before the film can be professionally finished (including archival footage licensing, music licensing, color correction, and a sound mix). Creatively, we have no guarantee that our film will appeal to a major distributor or network.

However, we are a team of experienced filmmakers, and we fully understand the hard work, dedication, and funding it will take to see this project through to the end. We have received great responses from test audiences and we are extremely committed to getting this film out to as many people as possible, as soon as possible.

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    RAISE YOUR VOICE

    For the last 48 hours of our campaign, we're asking as many people as possible to raise their voice in solidarity with A DANGEROUS IDEA by donating just $1. You won't change the world with this pledge, but you will show your support. In addition to our eternal gratitude, we will also THANK YOU PERSONALLY on our official website and you will receive updates on the film. A pledge of $1 carries as much weight as a pledge of $1,000 because every voice matters and together we can create real impact! So please RAISE YOUR VOICE and help these stories be seen and told across the country.

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    STREAM THE MOVIE

    You'll get a digital download of the film before anyone else!
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    DISPLAY THE POSTER

    Limited edition poster, signed by the film's directors. Also includes digital download, special thanks on the official film website and exclusive updates and video extras.

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    Read This Book!

    Sociologist Troy Duster has graciously donated his book Backdoor to Eugenics, described as "a groundbreaking book that grappled with the social and political implications of the new genetic technologies. "

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    A CREDIT IN THE FILM

    A credit in the film.

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    +and a personal 'thank you!' email

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    PRODUCER'S COLLECTION

    An autographed selection of films by award-winning producer Jed Riffe.
    Includes:
    - “California’s ‘Lost’ Tribes”
    - “Ripe for Change”
    - "The Price of Renewal”
    For more information, go to www.californiaseries.org

    You can also select a T-shirt, a digital copy and be credited in the film!

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    ATTEND A WEBINAR

    Participate in a webinar with some of our scientists and experts to further delve into some of the topics covered in the film. Learn more about genetics, heredity and more!

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    HOST A SCREENING

    An official in-home screening kit to premiere A Dangerous Idea at your home, office or other venue (includes DVD or BLU-RAY screener and 10 posters, signed by Director). Director will also make every effort to do a LIVE CALL via Skype to introduce the film at your premiere.

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    LEARN ABOUT ANCESTRY TEST MYTHS

    Personalized assessment of your Ancestry DNA test results by biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes.

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    ATTEND THE PREMIERE PARTY!

    Join us for the premiere party and meet people in the film, the filmmakers and more!
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    DINNER WITH CURATED WINE LIST

    Private dinner with Executive Producer and Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment, Andrew Kimbrell, who will also act as your knowledgeable Sommelier for the evening.
    Offer available in NYC area, San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles area, Washington D.C. area, Chicago area and Hawaii.

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