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The Institute 2013

  • Spencer McCall
  • October 11, 2013
  • 92 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Documentary, Mystery
Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure...
Thousands of participants in a San Francisco-based alternate reality game end up getting 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 fictional narratives merge to create unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Examining counter-culture, new religious movements and street art, this film takes the viewer on a journey into a secret underground world teeming just beneath the surface of everyday life.


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I made it about 30 minutes in realising that there was another hour left (and I felt like I already heard all I needed to). You probably only want to watch it if you are truely interested about hearing some viral alternate reality game (or LARPing for hipsters) that took place in SF created by Jeff Hull else just go and read a news story about it. There is only so much of value you could say and show about it. Doesn't help that it comes off so fabricated (this movie is just another part of the advertisement).

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