Reasons to Believe, a Film Event

Saturday, September 9th 2017 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 9th 2017 at 10:00 pm
5th Avenue Theater (PSU) 510 SW Hall St, Portland, OR 97201

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Have you ever wondered why some people believe in religion and some people don't? At this event, you'll see a film on the science of belief and then listen to a panel discuss the answer.

Reasons to Believe:

A Film Exploring the Science of Belief, followed by a panel with the director, producer, as well as Professor Peter Boghossian.

5th Avenue Theater (PSU) 510 SW Hall St, Portland, OR 97201

Reasons To Believe is a thought-provoking documentary by filmmaker Ben Fama Jr., that explores the psychology and science of belief. Tackling the subject of why we believe, sometimes falsely, in things that may not match up with reality. The conversation of belief is facilitated by leaders in the fields of science, philosophy, neuroscience, moral reasoning, psychology, perception, memory formation, and indoctrination, these experts answer a variety of thought-provoking questions and provide tangible structure to the definition and creation of belief in the human brain. Fama asks the question: Why do we believe?


(Students: FREE with ID. CFI Members Planet Level and Above: $10 with Member ID. General Admission: $12)


  • 6:30 doors open 
  • 7:00 film starts 
  • 8:00 ten minute intermission 
  • 8:10 panel begins 
  • 8:30 Q&A begins 
  • 9:30 event ends


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Mesa has produced three award-winning films with Ben Fama Jr. including two documentaries and a narrative. She holds a degree in psychology and uses her knowledge to build lasting relationships with cast and crew. She brings a unique balance to all the productions that they've worked on. She also assists as the sound tech on occasion. She continues to produce and manage Fama Media Productions alongside Ben Fama Jr.


Ben Fama Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur noted for his work on his short film “A Virus Called Fear”. He has been featured in Huffington Post and his films have been featured on PBS,, and IndieFlix. Ben’s films and speaking engagements speak to the social and psychological behavior of humans, as well as our social constructs in society. He is an outspoken skeptic atheist, as well as an advocate for mental illness. His goal is to challenge the way we think, the ways we see the world, and what we believe.

About Peter Boghossian: Panelist

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Peter Boghossian is an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University. There, he teaches courses in Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience, the Philosophy of Education, and Atheism. He is the author of the book A Manual for Creating Atheists. He led the development of the mobile app Atheos, designed to help atheists have constructive discussions with religious believers.