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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 128 MIN | 2009

INHERIT THE WIND

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The Tribeca Film Festival pays tribute to the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth with a retrospective screening of Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind. Nearly a half century ago, Kramer and his all-star cast (including Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly) brought this fictionalized version of the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial to the big screen. The trial was triggered by a public outcry surrounding the teaching of evolution in schools in the 1920s. The anti-evolution movement persists to this day and continues to try to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools across the country.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by NPR's Liane Hansen and featuring special guests from the realms of film and science, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner; Jon Amiel, director of the Charles Darwin biopic Creation; Professor David Kohn, General Editor of the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History; and Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. They will all take a closer look at how a scientific explanation of the world, backed by evidence, can bring with it both public and private controversy.

Film Information
Year: 1960
Length: 128 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: None
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson
Director: Stanley Kramer
Special Note

Saturday, April 25, 1:00 pm
@SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street), Theater 2

After the Movie: The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests from the realms of film and science, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner; Jon Amiel, director of the Charles Darwin biopic Creation; Dr. Eugenie
Scott
, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education; and David Kohn, General Editor, Darwin Digital Library of Evolution, American Museum of Natural History
. They will take a closer look at how a scientific explanation of the world, backed by evidence, can bring with it both public and private controversy. Moderated by Liane Hansen of NPR.




Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has partnered with the Festival since 2002 as part of a nationwide effort to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology, most recently through the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

 

About the Director(s)

Stanley Kramer (b. 1913, Brooklyn; d. 2001, Los Angeles) was known as "Hollywood's Conscience" during his 30-year career as a film director and producer. He was nominated for the Academy Award® nine times—for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Ship of Fools, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Defiant Ones, The Caine Mutiny, and High Noon. Kramer graduated from New York University in 1933 and went to work in Los Angeles at 20th Century Fox and MGM studios. He served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II by making training films, and after the war Kramer launched his own independent film production company.

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