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Director's Profile

**IN PERSON for a Q&A following the 7pm show Friday 11/23**

Cevin Soling is a filmmaker, writer and scholar. He produced and directed the first theatrically released documentary on education, The War on Kids, which reveals how American public schools are now modeled after prisons and why they cannot be reformed. The New York Independent Film and Video Festival honored the film as best educational documentary. It has received accolades from The New York Times, Variety, and The Huffington Post, and has aired on The Sundance Channel, Pivot, and The Documentary Channel.

Soling wrote, produced, and directed The War on The War on Drugs which also elicited praise from The New York Times, in addition to awards from High Times, the Winslow International Film Festival, and the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. Soling produced the documentary A Hole in the Head, which examines the efficacy of trepanation and aired on The Learning Channel. He executive produced Relax, It's Just Sex starring Jennifer Tilly, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was seen on HBO and Showtime. Soling wrote, produced, and directed Ikland, which documents his efforts to rediscover the lost Ik tribe of Uganda, who were famously disparaged in the early 1970s as the worst people in the world. The film won Best Documentary Content at the Boston International Film Festival and received acclaim from The New York Times and other major media outlets. He has recently completed work on Mr. Cevin and the Cargo Cult – a documentary about a tribe in Vanuatu that worships America. His most recent work, The Gilligan Manifesto, addresses Cold War anxiety through the lens of the popular TV program Gilligan’s Island, and illuminates the show’s celebration of communism during the height of tensions with the Soviet Union.


His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired, Healthy Living, Disinfo, Science 2.0, The Daily Beast, and MindShift. He has delivered lectures on subjects including education, music, and anthropology at Harvard, Yale, UConn, University of Rochester, Northeastern, Tufts, and the Chicago Institute of Technology as well as a TEDx Talk on education at SUNY Binghamton.

Soling produced and directed the eponymous music video for his band, The Love Kills Theory in which he composes the band’s songs and is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Soling authored The Rumpleville Chronicles, an irreverent series of illustrated books and penned The Student’s Resistance Handbook.

Soling has been a guest on well over a hundred radio shows including The Lionel Show (Air America), The Joey Reynolds Show (WOR), and The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC). Additionally, he has appeared on national television as a a featured guest on The Colbert Report, The Dr. Nancy Show on MSNBC, and The Kennedy Show on Fox News. Soling has graduate degrees from Harvard University in Education Policy and Management as well as in English and is completing at third graduate degree at Harvard in journalism.

Soling is currently in production on The Summer of Hate, which documents the Beatles’ controversial observations on religion and racism during their tour of the South in 1966.