Watch An Exclusive Clip From THE CONSPIRACY
When our own Peter Martin caught the film at Fantastic Fest last Fall he had this to say,
And the synopsis for the film as well,With absolute conviction and unwavering intelligence, The Conspiracy unpacks complex theories and raises disturbing questions that are not easily dismissed.What distinguishes the faux-documentary framework from any number of "mock docs" is that writer/director Christopher MacBride doesn't pretend that his film has been made by clueless amateurs. His approach is dead-on accurate, pulling the viewer inexorably into a world of paranoid conspiracies.
When two young filmmakers select a crazed conspiracy theorist as the subject of their new work the task seems simple enough: Befriend him, gain his trust, and let his theories speak for themselves. But things prove more complicated than that. Despite his street preaching their subject proves to be an articulate and intelligent man. One prone to seeing patterns others do not, yes, but hardly the expected lunatic. Listen long enough and his arguments even start to make a certain sort of sense. It's enough to make you wonder if maybe, somewhere, there's some basis to what he's saying.
And then he simply disappears. No word. No trace. Just gone.While one of the filmmaking duo is prepared to walk away the other becomes obsessed. This should not be possible. People do not just disappear. Not unless someone wants them to. What if he was correct? What if he was on the verge of exposing some greater scheme? And what if he was taken? And so begins an obsessive effort to reconstruct his work, an effort that points the duo to a high powered retreat and networking organization for the political and business elite.A meticulously researched and cannily constructed bit of work THE CONSPIRACY systematically blurs the lines between fact and fiction, deconstructing the distinction between facts and news, news and propaganda. THE CONSPIRACY is more than just entertainment. It is a sly commentary of a world in which the medium really has become the message, a world in which the most important question is not "What happened?" but "Who is telling us?"