Over at Panda’s Thumb they are soliciting donations to be used to purchase at auction the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, along with all the supporting documents, footage that didn’t make it into the film, and the other usual residue of film making.
You can read the post there that explains it all, and the related links, but briefly, the production company that created the film went out of business and filed for protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy laws.The film, being an asset of the Bankruptcy estate, is being auctioned off to the highest bidder, and the proceeds will be used by the Bankruptcy Trustee to pay creditors. Apparently, the film must not have done very well, or if it did, the company still was unable to make enough money to stay solvent.
As you may or may not remember, Expelled was a film of pure propaganda that dishonestly used footage of interviews with scientists like P.Z. Myers and Richard Dawkins, to suggest that the scientific and academic community was engaged in some conspiracy to silence proponents of Intelligent Design. Even though it was pure hogwash, people like Ben Stein lent their celebrity to it.
This would be an opportunity for the reason community to get their hands on and tear apart an instrument of propaganda of the Creationist crowd, and expose to the world one of the mechanisms used to “Lie for Jesus”. I might even suggest that the raw footage could be re-edited, and recombined to make a new film – call it Expelled: The Honest Version, or perhaps Expelled: Finally! Intelligence!
Who knows? Maybe it could even earn a profit this time around?
I just donated. If you’re looking for a different place to put your secular charitable donations, a little bit here wouldn’t hurt.