This is the IBCSR Full-Length Documentary (Final Cut with Final Audio), a feature documentary about the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion in Boston. Filmmaker Jenn Lindsay, a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University, uses documentary film techniques to explore and explain the Institute’s various research projects. Through scenes in research labs, interviews with research scientists, explorations of the campus and surrounding city, and glimpses into religious communities in various locations, the film touches on many discussions. It broaches the scientific study of religion; interdisciplinary research; the complexity of “religion” as a study object; the dialogues between religion and science; the limits of science; and the value of scientific approaches to religious practice, communities, and human behavior.
The film's debut screening was August 2015 in Vienna, Austria at the International Congress on Science and Religion. A Q&A panel featuring founding director of IBCSR and Vienna Congress keynote speaker Dr. Wesley J. Wildman followed.