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Winner of a 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Award.

EVO: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution takes a thought provoking journey with some of the world's most engaging and celebrated scientists and philosophers into the evolution of life on Earth. The film poses ten fundamental questions about biological evolution. The answers to these questions become filmmaker and environmentalist John Feldman's study of evolution and the web of life.

EVO interweaves stunning cinematography of the natural world, witty animations, and the music of composer Sheila Silver with brilliant interviews gathered on the Galápagos Islands at the World Summit on Evolution. The passion, intelligence and clarity that scientists like Niles Eldredge, Lynn Margulis, Douglas Futuyma, Rosemary and Peter Grant, Richard Michod, Laura Katz, and Daniel Dennett bring to the subject of evolution is both inspiring and edifying. EVO challenges us to consider scientific and philosophical ideas and relate them to immediate experiences in our own back yards. This unabashedly educational film retains a wonderful sense of humor while exploring some of the most revolutionary and influential ideas of the past 150 years.

Evolution is one of those subjects that some people are uneasy with; some think they already know all about; and some can't get enough of -- this DVD satisfies all three types without being stuffy or pedantic.

EVO makes a great gift for budding environmentalists of all ages.

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The title of John Feldman's documentary might suggest an assault on Darwinian thought: in fact, one of the 10 questions posed here involves the longstanding battle between Darwin's theory and proponents of creationism (aka, intelligent design). But the position here is unequivocal, noting that the courts have decided that objections to Darwin's idea are religious rather than scientific and should have no place in curricula. EVO does an extraordinary job of explaining Darwin's famous theory of evolution by natural selection, beginning with a brief biography of the 19th-century naturalist before detailing -- through interviews with scientists and philosophers, backed by nature footage and animated segments -- Darwin's argument, its implications, and how his ideas have been (and are still being) developed by his successors. Fundamental questions such as how species emerge and what creates variations within them (as well as more advanced topics like Symbiogenesis and punctuated equilibrium) are precisely and elegantly addressed. Informative but not pedantic, lucid without becoming simplistic, this is easily one of the best documentaries on the thorny subject of evolution. Highly recommended. Editor's Choice --Video Librarian, Vol. 26, No. 4, July-August 2011. Review written by F. Swietek

Through creative use of music, superb photography, and incisive interviews with scholars who are both prominent in their fields and excellent teachers, "EVO: 10 questions..." grapples with and answers ten important questions that lay out the basics of evolutionary biology and why it is important for students to understand it. --Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Center for Science Education

EVO is very good indeed from every aspect and, just as important, a terrific teaching tool which ought to be available in every science classroom in the U.S. --Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard

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Product Details

  • Actors: Niles Eldredge, Lynn Margulis, Daniel Dennett, Peter and Rosemary Grant
  • Directors: John I. Feldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Hummingbird Films, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004BUY0I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,228 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am looking forward to showing it to my grandson.
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The material is presented in a concise and logical way, with hightened visual and musical drama through out.
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Evo was entertaining as well as beingeducational....for both of us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ Glass on December 17, 2010
EVO: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution is a new educational film by Hummingbird Films, a Spencertown, New York-based husband and wife team consisting of filmmaker John Feldman and composer/arranger Sheila Silver. As its name implies, the film, created with the lay viewer in mind, presents a summary of what biological evolution is and how it works by posing the eponymous inquiries to various luminaries in the field of evolutionary studies. In its first conception, EVO was a pedagogical tool intended for high school biology students, and that pedigree is still evident in the film's current, general-audience incarnation. The film is cerebral and informative, yet still fascinating; it presents a commonly misunderstood topic in a way that tyros will understand and veterans will appreciate.

The questions begin with the fundamental ("What is evolution? Who was Darwin? What is natural selection?"), tackle the particulars ("How do species come about? Where do variations come from? What is a brief history of life? Is evolution random?"), touch upon the necessary ("What is the controversy? Why should anyone care about evolution?"), and even get into the surprisingly sophisticated ("What role does cooperation play?"). Feldman has picked questions that he believes the average person should (but might not) know the answers to, answers which provide a fairly good overview of what evolution is all about. The featured evolutionists include, but are not limited to, Niles Eldredge, Lynn Margulis, Peter and Rosemary Grant, and Daniel Dennett. The bulk of the film's content consists of the experts' answers to the ten questions, with Feldman narrating and weaving these replies together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esther on December 11, 2010
My son, age 11, and I watched Evo together. I was planning to watch themovie in sections but my son insisted that we watch the entire movie atonce. I am so glad we did. Evo was entertaining as well as beingeducational....for both of us. The information presented was in a clear andlogical format. Interviews were very interesting and provided thebackdrop upon which the 10 questions of evolution were explained. Both thenarration and musical score provided the cohesiveness that propelled ourinterest forward. Evo is suitable for any age. I think children over theage of 10 would get the most benefit. I highly recommend Evo for anyonewho wants to start learning about evolution and anyone who wants to expandtheir knowledge on the subject. Evo would be a great addition to thecurriculum in any middle school and high school. It's great to watch as afamily or in a small group, so that you can talk about it as you go along.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert O. Marritz on January 7, 2011
Upon watching Evo my singular thought was that every science teacher in the world should have this film. It's engaging, charming, provocative, and educational (without being at all preachy).

Anyone curious about our world and its myriad species -- about Darwin's now-solidly accepted theories of evolution and natural selection, the various refinements that have come from it, and it's relationship to theological thought -- should see it.

John Feldman's well-paced ten-part film never lags. I was totally impressed - with his research, the film's thoughtful organization, the editing, the photography, the animation, his choice of interviewees. It's really a perfect and engaging film about a subject many people might not think they need to know.

Evo is a delight. It should open minds and provoke discussion wherever it's seen -- and isn't that what learning is about?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gelb on January 27, 2011
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What a pleasure it is to spend 107 minutes in the hands of a smart and talented filmmaker with no obvious agenda to advance. Instead, it's all about inquiry, and what better place to begin than with distinguished scientists who know what they're talking about? The production values are absolutely tops here, and while this would be a superb teaching tool to use in classrooms, as other reviewers have suggested, it's just as rewarding for the general viewer. In fact, it's for any thinking person--the proverbial nine to 90--who has an interest in a subject that is interesting from almost any angle.
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