An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.


Jon Foy


Jon Foy, Colin Smith
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Cast overview:
Justin Duerr ... Self - Toynbee Tile Resarcher
Marc Duerr Marc Duerr ... Self - Justin's Brother
Kevin Riley Kevin Riley ... Self - Justin's Longtime Friend
Abby Miller Abby Miller ... Self - Justin's Ex-Girlfriend
Steve Weinik Steve Weinik ... Self - Toynbee Tile Resarcher
Colin Smith Colin Smith ... Self - Toynbee Tile Resarcher
Frannie Seybold Frannie Seybold ... Self - Sevy's Neighbor
Anna Marie Thompson Anna Marie Thompson ... Self - Sevy's Neighbor
Joe Raimondo Joe Raimondo ... Self - Witness
John T. Arthur John T. Arthur ... Self - Witness
George Arone George Arone ... Self - Sevy's Neighbor
Rose Pedula Rose Pedula ... Self - Sevy's Neighbor


Strangeness is afoot. Most people don't notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home. Written by Anonymous

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Justin Duerr: Well, stranger things have happened.
Justin Duerr: Nah, that's not true. Nothing stranger has ever happened.
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Just my sort of documentary
3 February 2012 | by okuloSee all my reviews

I wish I had some knowledge of the Toynbee tiles before I had watched this, simply so that I could have felt more of the emotions that the filmmakers must have felt. But even knowing nothing, I was completely consumed by the subject and although part way through I started to wonder if I actually wanted to know the answers to the questions being asked, the end satisfied both my curiosity and my reservations.

It would be difficult to describe without giving too much away but I experienced an exquisite moment when my mind slipped half a second ahead of the narrative as a penny dropped momentarily before the narrator spoke. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the film.

I'm sure that this will not suit many people but for me it was wonderful and inspiring.

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1 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Powstanie umarłych: Tajemnica płytek Toynbee See more »


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