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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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Aliasalpha

    Wow, his dad sounds just like a woman when he’s praying, suppose thats a variant of speaking in tongues

  • http://sciencenotes.wordpress.com/ Monado, FCD

    Not preaching is good. Exploring the issues and getting atheism is excellent. Getting sympathetic atheists into the popular culture is vital and beyond price.


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