The Institute

Directed by Spencer McCall

OFFICIAL SELECTION
TRUE/FALSE FILM FESTIVAL
2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
2013
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US, 2012, 92 min

"To those dark horses with the spirit to look up and see... a recondite family awaits." Welcome to 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. Was it a cult? Was it an elaborate game? Told from the participants’ perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where real world and fictional narratives collide, creating unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Fusing elements of counter-culture, new religious movements and street art, THE INSTITUTE invites viewers into a secret underground world teeming just beneath the surface of everyday life.

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Spencer McCall, Director, The Institute