The Institute


Fri Oct 18, 2013 – Thu Oct 24, 2013

Partner Organization

Northwest Film Forum


Northwest Film Forum
Capitol Hill
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

(Spencer McCall, United States, 2012, Digital, 92 min)

Seattle premiere!

Enigma, wonder and mystery can be yours, courtesy of The Jejune Institute, who created a sprawling urban adventure/role-playing game that spanned not hours, but years. Thousands of participants in a San Francisco-based alternate reality game ended up getting more than they bargained for.

Told from the players’ perspectives, The Institute looks over a precipice at an emergent new art form, where 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.


In Reality, It’s All Just a Game

The Institute is a documentary about the pseudo-fictional Jejune Institute in California. I say pseudo-fictional because it is real in the sense that it exists in real life. However, in reality, it is not the mysterious organization of inventors and revolutionaries that it appears to be at first glance. In reality, it's both much more and much less than that. In reality, it's all just a game--a live-action, roleplaying game put on by a small group of people.

The film starts with a good, eye-catching opening that takes us around San Francisco and shows us some of the fliers for the...

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