Documentary Screening on Scientist Who Pioneered Thought on Symbiosis in Evolution

We are pleased to present a free feature-length documentary screening of “Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution” on May 20, 2018 at 4pm.

Hudson Valley’s own John Feldman of Hummingbird Films brings us this captivating story of scientific rebel Lynn Margulis who challenged entrenched theories of evolution, to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration. A model of female empowerment, Margulis successfully fought the male scientific establishment with her groundbreaking ideas. As a young scientist in the 1960s, she was ridiculed for her theory that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution. She proposed instead that bacteria joined together over the millenia to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants, and all other organisms. The idea that all of life is deeply interconnected and collaborative has radical implications for how we look at ourselves, evolution, and the environment.

John Feldman is a highly original and critically acclaimed filmmaker. His career spans over 40 years and covers a wide range of genres, from independent dramatic feature films and documentaries, to experimental, educational, and business films. His films have won numerous international awards.

This film will appeal to the naturalist, student of life, and lover of stories; of female empowerment, rule breakers, and game changers.The screening is made possible by the generous support of Gwen Gould and Ed Grossman. It is free and open to the public and will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. 

For more information, email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Learn more about the film at