A documentary film class at the University of Central Florida is creating a short film, “Filthy Dreamers,” about the efforts of fundamentalist activists and lawmakers in Florida who tried to ban books on the teaching of evolution at public schools and colleges in the 1920s.
They have a website for a fundraising campaign so the students can afford to buy the materials they need as well as pay for film festival fees so people can see the final film.
From the fundraising website:
In the late 1920’s a controversy sparked about the teaching of evolution to women students at Florida State Women’s College. Nearly 100 years later, public figures and activists are still trying to control curriculum in public schools, colleges and universities. The students enrolled in this Honors class through the University of Central Florida aim to educate and inform our viewers about the long history of censorship in the classrooms, the libraries and around the campus.
As of this writing (11/26/13), they have raised $210 of the target $1,500. And they have 15 more days left in the fundraising effort.
A previous film from an earlier class was called The Committee and it was about efforts by the Florida Legislature to remove gay and lesbian teachers and students from the classroom during the 1950s and 1960s. It won awards and was screened at film festivals around the country.