2009, digital video, 58 minutes
The Earth Is Young takes as its starting
point a series of interviews conducted with Young Earth Creationists,
who find evidence of a six-day, six-thousand-year old creation in their
reading of the fossil and geological record. The film frames these encounters
with depictions of the slow and patient work of mainstream paleontologists,
and the strange, shimmering life in a drop of pond water, both of which
point toward a world far older and more complex, if no less fantastic.
Bordering on a kind of science-fiction film, The Earth Is Young is an essay about the nature of science, and about the tools, both physical and ideological, with which one builds a model of the world.