Parrot (A Short Atheist Film)

A 20 minute Australian short film about a closeted atheist wants to be the atheist’s Philadelphia or In the Heat of the Night. Here is the trailer:

Parrot Short Film Trailer from Myrtle Street Pictures on Vimeo.

It looks interesting, but I admit that I am squeamish about the whole idea of self-consciously atheistic filmmaking. So much straight up filmmaking is already compatible with our values and plenty critical of the very things we complain about. The only thing I would hope for from self-consciously atheists filmmakers would be that they would avoid some of the reflexive and thoughtless pro-faith/anti-skeptic tropes that crop up here and there from normal writers. Otherwise I just hope they religiously follow what I wholeheartedly believe is the holiest commandment for artists: Thou Shalt Not Preach.

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