“The Unbelievers”: Video takes a look at the Metro State Atheists at MSCD
May 5, 2009
A new video short by UC Denver student Rachel Del Giudice takes a documentary look at CFI campus affiliate Metro State Atheists at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Directed and edited by Rachel Del Giudice. Cinematographer: Eric Carlson. (c) 2009.
Metro State Atheists has had a stellar year: they’ve hosted major events on campus featuring blogger PZ Myers , New York Times bestselling author Victor Stenger , and astrobiologist David Grinspoon , and, as part of the Colorado Coalition of Reason ( COCORE ), were involved with the placement of billboards around Denver saying, "Don’t believe in God? You are not alone." Metro State Atheists president Joel Guttormson acted as spokesperson during the media flare-up surrounding the billboards. (See the January 2009 Campus Inquirer article describing the controversy.)
Congratulations also to Metro State Atheists for winning MSCD Student Organization of the Year ! (Question—am I the only one who smiles a little when I see the word "ATHEISTS" emblazoned on an award like this?)
#1 Jeff P on Wednesday May 06, 2009 at 5:46am
“We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t care about our country and the world.”
Many thanks to these brave young people for standing up for reason. I know they would have been ostracized at my alma mater, a Christian school in Texas. As many times as I read or hear about how “malignant” the new atheists are, I think they have helped to inspire a generation of freethinkers and doubters and have served a great purpose for our future.
#2 Commenter123 (Guest) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 at 7:00am
It’s nice that someone did a video, but it was just okay. It makes it look like the group is two random college kids and nobody else - an idea which is reinforced by the fact that it sounds like the group is going to disappear from campus when they graduate. It also doesn’t say anything about their events or their meetings, and there’s no footage of them doing anything except sitting at their table in a random stairwell(?).
#3 Commenter123 (Guest) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 at 7:07am
What I mean is - if they really ARE the best student organization, why doesn’t it come through in this video? They should definitely talk more about the events the group has put on, and perhaps even show a meeting or footage of an event they sponsored. Even a pile of flyers for their events would give an idea of their commitment and direction.
#4 Debbie Goddard on Wednesday May 06, 2009 at 9:41am
The video was created by a UC Denver student as a film class project. I think she wanted to take a somewhat personal look at the two individuals who do the bulk of the group-running, asking *why* they felt it’s important rather than focusing on what it is they’re doing on campus.
#5 liberalartist on Wednesday May 06, 2009 at 11:46am
It is not unusual to have only a couple students doing most of the work of a student organization, and then that organization fades away as those students graduate. I see that all the time - I work in student services on a college campus. Hopefully in this case that won’t happen.
What was with all the christian iconography in the film? Perhaps the director was thinking - if you’re an atheist than that means you don’t believe in the “christian god”. Or perhaps she thinks that all atheists are former christians. Would she have shown christian pictures if she were interviewing a muslim or jewish group? I doubt it.
#6 Joel Guttormson (Guest) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 at 2:07pm
Debbie is correct. The film was intentially done to be a short promotional. Also, since her filming had a time limit, she could only film our info table event. It was, as she said, to focus on us. As far as teh christin stuff goes, there are 2 christian churches on our campus and it has been shown that our country is dominated by christianity and both Chalmer and I came out of christianity. If there was a mosque or synnagoge close by, it would have in there. Thank you for your comments.
#7 Chalmer Wren (Guest) on Thursday May 07, 2009 at 10:21am
Information about our events can be found on our website, including info about our upcoming Colorado Skepticamp 2009.
We have hosted lectured by PZ Myers, Victor Stenger, and David Grinspoon, and a performance by Sam Singleton. Joel was a spokes person for COCORE’s billboard project, for which he appeared on the news and on televanglist Bob Enyart’s radio program. Additional activism and activities can be read about at the website.
#8 Chalmer Wren (Guest) on Thursday May 07, 2009 at 10:22am
We have hosted lectured by PZ Myers, Victor Stenger, and David Grinspoon, and a performance by Sam Singleton. Joel was a spokes person for COCORE’s billborad project, for which he appeared on the news and on televanglist Bob Enyart’s radio program. Additional activism and activities can be read about at the website.