For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
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D.M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker Honored at Portland Humanist Film Festival

November 01, 2011

Rod Bradford’s documentary D.M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker, a video produced at the Center for Inquiry (CFI), will be recognized at the 2011 Portland Humanist Film Festival. The juried independent film award recognizes cinematic work that helps to advance a culture that values science, reason, humanist values, and freethought.

D.M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker will be screened on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 5:00 PM at Cinema 21 Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The film will be acknowledged with the Grand Prize for Best Feature Length Film Award on Sunday, November 13, 2011, during the awards ceremony.

The 2011 Portland Humanist Film Festival is a three-day event from November 11-13, 2011, with noted speakers and screenings of seventeen films. It is the largest secular humanist film festival on the west coast. Sponsored and organized by Center for Inquiry-Portland, the festival also received support from fellow contributor The Humanists of Greater Portland, a chapter of the American Humanist Association.

D.M Bennett: The Truth Seeker was produced at CFI. Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine, edited the film and assisted Bradford throughout the post-production process. Completion of the film was also made possible by a grant to the Council from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust of San Diego.

The Council for Secular Humanism–housed at the Center for Inquiry–is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Council for Secular Humanism is to advocate and defend a nonreligious life stance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics and to serve and support adherents of that life stance. The Council, publisher of the bimonthly journal Free Inquiry, has a website at

The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York. CFI–Transnational is home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Its web address is

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