We Believe In Dinosaurs
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We Believe In Dinosaurs

  • BY Monica Long Ross and Clayton Brown | IN Science
    Premiered February 17, 2020

About the Film

In We Believe in Dinosaurs the Bible and science collide at a Kentucky creationism museum's humongous $120 million Noah’s Ark-inspired theme park. MORE

When an enormous, $120 million Ark is built at the Creation Museum in rural Kentucky, the goal was to prove the Bible is scientifically and historically accurate, with detailed exhibits alongside animatronic Biblical characters and animals. Along with incredible access to the Ark's preparation, We Believe in Dinosaurs unfolds through the eyes of several Kentuckians: Doug, who creates lifelike animals for the Ark, and other colleagues working behind the scenes; Dan, a geologist who blows the whistle on the Ark’s discriminatory hiring practices; David, a former creationist and frequent member of the Museum who now blogs critically about the beliefs he used to hold; atheist activist Jim Helton, co-founder of Tri-State Freethinkers who led a protest rally outside the Ark's opening; and residents who support the Ark in hopes it will revive the local economy. At its core, We Believe in Dinosaurs explores the roots of our beliefs and worldviews by examining the relationship between science and religion.

The Filmmakers

Clayton Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University. He is a documentary and narrative filmmaker interested in exploring the hidden stories and compelling characters that emerge when people pursue their passions. Of particular interest are the ways in which science and storytelling intersect, both in fiction and non-fiction. His fiction work includes Galileo's Grave, winner of the Chicago IFP Production Fund and Best Short Film at the Albany and East Lansing film festivals, and The Darkening Sun, about the first woman to photograph a solar eclipse in 1869. He is a co-founder of 137 Films, a Chicago-based award-winning documentary production company committed to telling stories about America’s complicated relationship with science. He co-directed The Atom Smashers (Independent Lens), a documentary about the search for the Higgs boson particle; The Believers, which tells the story of two scientists who thought they had discovered Cold Fusion; and 137 Films’ documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs.

Monica Long Ross is a filmmaker and playwright. She is a co-founder of 137 Films, a Chicago-based documentary production company. In addition to We Believe In Dinosaurs, Ross co-directed and co-produced the award-winning documentaries The Atom Smashers (Independent Lens), and The Believers. Monica's documentaries have been screened at festivals around the world, as have her short films exploring women, memory, and the dangers lurking in nostalgia (Pantyhose, Dinner, Memory, The Story of My Life, We Read Different Books). Dinner was a finalist at the Rose d'Or Montreux in Switzerland. She was a founding member and playwright for Childsplay in Tempe AZ (Clarissa’s Closet, Montana Molly and the Peppermint Kid, Phoebe Joins the Circus) and the Arizona Women’s Theatre Company (Complications, Crazy Sexy).   LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Monica Long Ross
Clayton Brown

Produced by
Amy Ellison
Monica Long Ross
Clayton Brown

Music by
Kate Simko

Animations by
Ian Benjamin Kenny

Edited by
Clayton Brown

Executive Producers
Philip Cable
Paul and Danah Fisher
Keith McCready

Written by
Monica Long Ross

Assistant Editors
Stephen Poon
Zoe Pressman
Eric Abert

Clayton Brown

Jamie S. Baker
Rob Boston
Rev. Chris Caldwell
Jim G. Helton
David MacMillan
Megan McKamey
Dan Phelps
Jennifer Scott
Stephen Wood

Additional Camera
Olivia Curry
Kimberly Sullivan
Scott Thiele
Mark Davis
Jen Scott

Editorial Consultant
Matt Lauterbach

Amy Ellison

Additional Music
Vincenzo DiFrancesco

Additional Songs
“Carnickel and Pocketboat”
Composed and performed by
Tim Story and Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Seventh Chance Music (BMI)

“Just Grant County”
Composed by Jimmy Million
Performed by Megan McKamey
Elmer Burchett and Jimmy Million
Used with permission of Jimmy Million

“On the Prowl”
Composed and performed by Cape St. Francis
Jingle Punks

“Believers Tension”
Composed and performed by Clayton Brown

Kamila Bydlowska

Sound Recording
Amy Ellison
Kim Sullivan

Social Media    
Olivia Curry
Kevin Guo

Supervising Sound Editor
Ugo Derouard

Re-recording Mixer
Ugo Derouard

Dialogue Editor
Mehrnaz Mohabati

Sound Effects Editor
Justin M. Green

Assistant Sound Editor 
Candace Rae Rich

Poster Design  
Justin VanGenderen

Legal Counsel
Thomas R. Leavens

Distribution Advisor
Amanda Lebow

Color Grading  
Jeff Altman

James Baptist
Carolyn Blessing
Robyn Bowland
Gorman Cook
Peter Doetschman
Mark Hammergren
Sean Kaplan
Andy Swindler

Sales Representation   
Creative Artists Agency

Creative Consultant
Rachel Traub

Transportation Coordinator
T.J. Ross

Indiegogo Consultants 
Marc Hofstatter
John Trigonis
Rhian Humphries

Special Thanks
David Alvarado
Kathy Berger
Maggie Bowman
Katie Brooks
Don and Helen Brown
The Cincinnati Museum Center
Julie Duncan
Alan and Pam Epley
David Fowlie
Brendan Gardiner
Kyle Henry
Brenda Hunda, PhD
Greg Jacobs
March For Science, Lexington, KY
Bryan Marshall
Monica Metzler
Randy Moore, PhD
Bill Nye
Brian Perkinson
Bill and Lisa Piechowski
Eugenie C. Scott
Ian Simmons
Adam Singer
J.P. Sniacki
Ines Sommer
Joe Sonka
Glenn W. Storrs, PhD
Jason Sussberg
Rev. Alan Taylor
Domietta Torlasco
The TriState Freethinkers
Calum Walter

Funding Provided by    
Ericka Brandstetter
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Patrick Lysaght
Brandon S. Higa
Lee Traub
Mike Grayson
Ned Fischer
Timothy Alexander
Tom and Linda Kaplan
James Langer
Christopher Guarnera
Eric Pynnonen
Ernie Barbarash
Jason & Maryann Vincent
Mark Nigogosyan
Mark Skala
Matthew Grayson
Peter Angelopoulos
Kevin Davis
Brandon Haught
James Jenkins
Kevin Pfefferle
Stephen Roberts
David Curry
LG Development Group
Alexander Hill
Cory Gooch
Dan Haddock
Erick Hahn
Fikri Yucel
Katherine Dorsey
Kevin J. McCormally
Laura Singer and Sean Bradley
Michael Hopfenspirger
Robert Seery
And others. A complete list available from PBS.

Licensed by ITVS

Production Support by 
1091 Media
William and Michele Ross
Thomas Sullivan
Jen Ellison
John Long
Gwynne Long
Bevin Ross
Tom and Candy Sullivan
Nicca Ross
Angela Gardiner
Dave Stinton
Greg and Amy Duncan
Colleen Gardiner
Mary Gardiner
Noreen Rodriguez
Rudden Gardiner

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

This program was produced by 137 Films, which is solely responsible for its content.
© 2019, 137 Films. All rights reserved.

Can you believe in science and be a person of faith as well? Do you have a creation story that you believe in? If you're a staunch believer of science, would you still visit the Creation Museum's Ark?


  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    Best Documentary Feature
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Can you believe in science and be a person of faith as well? Do you have a creation story that you believe in? If you're a staunch believer of science, would you still visit the Creation Museum's Ark?