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The Institute (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Mystery | 11 October 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for.

Director:

Spencer McCall

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Cast

Credited cast:
Arye Bender Arye Bender ... Octavio Coleman Esq
Boston Blake Boston Blake ... Dr. Eldridge Spearmint
Jeff Hull Jeff Hull ... Creator
Chelsea London Lloyd ... Beth Foley
Gordon Mclachlan Gordon Mclachlan ... Drybones
Tracy Pfau ... Jejune Operator
Daniel Shoup Daniel Shoup ... Kelvin Williams
Carolee Gilligan Wheeler Carolee Gilligan Wheeler ... Ex-Inductee
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Storyline

Feature-length documentary that examines a San Francisco-based Alternate Reality Game, where thousands of participants got more than they bargained for. Told from the players' perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where the real world and fiction narratives merge to create unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Written by Spencer McCall

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Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure?


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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Институт See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,017, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$8,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,445
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The Blair Witch Institute
9 October 2015 | by geinSee all my reviews

A wonderful interactive street-art project based on the philosophies originated by the Church of the SubGenius, the band DEVO, the David Cronenberg film Videodrome and the television miniseries Wild Palms is turned into a very tedious mockumentary. Unfortunately, unless you participated in the analog-geocaching-role-playing-game, watching The Institute can be a very eye-rolling experience. Much of the film is filled with poorly acted re-enactments, hokey "found footage" and phony interviews.

If you make it past the sixty minute mark, it becomes very apparent that you are watching a semi-talented improv-group's re-imagining of David Fincher's The Game starring Michael Douglas. I love ingenious street-art and clever stunts and would have loved to have watched a serious documentary about how the artist(s) came up with this very well thought-out hoax, but to sit down and watch what you know is a joke, gets very tiring and very boring very quickly.


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