ARTS Picks: The Institute

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Street art, anonymous messages and cryptic interactions are all clues in the reality game documented in the indie pop-psych thriller The Institute. Photo by Pen & Banjo Films. Street art, anonymous messages and cryptic interactions are all clues in the reality game documented in the indie pop-psych thriller The Institute. Photo by Pen & Banjo Films.

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Stealing fiction from fact, The Institute is a bold, mind-warping documentary film for the brave new world where “actors” weave the story of the Jejune Institute, which hosted a complex, thrilling game, designed by Jeffrey Hull, and played by thousands of people using San Francisco’s urban landscape as its venue. Director Spencer McCall blends topics like socio-reengineering, force fields, algorithms, and false prophets into an artful, visually rich collision with reality.

Saturday 4/27 $8.50, 7:30pm, Bantam Theater, 609 E. Market St. 566-2987.

  • bobbynutron

    LOVE this movie!

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