THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY

A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE RELEASED IN INSTALLMENTS 

Written & Directed by Kirby Ferguson

With trust in governments low and media fractured into an infinite number of contested opinions, conspiracy theories are an appealing way to understand the world. They project human intentions onto complex events to explain why things happen and assign blame.

Just as the ancient Greeks saw lightning bolts as manifestations of Zeus' anger, we peer into the vast complexity of our society and we see ourselves: human intentions, human motives, and human vices. But the better we come to understand the forces of nature, the closer we come to confronting perhaps the greatest fear of the conspiracy-minded: that no one is in control, that we are guided and constrained by the systems we have made. And these systems are not good or evil; they are without greed, ambition, or ideology; they are simply not like us.

 

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PRESS CONTACT

Email us at admin@thisisnotaconspiracytheory.com. Series creator Kirby Ferguson is available for interviews, Q&A's, etc.

WHERE TO BUY

Viewers can buy the series for $15 at VHX (https://notaconspiracytheory.vhx.tv/buy) or Vimeo on Demand (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tinact).

HOW IT WORKS

For $15, viewers get the entire series: a feature documentary, released in episodes, which will add up to eighty minutes. They get each of the episodes as they're completed, plus behind-the-scenes updates as the project unfolds. Watch anytime, on any device, forever.

This is an opportunity to watch a highly creative and experimental process evolve in real time. Members get opportunities to interact with and influence the production and occasionally we also come up with unique perks.

So far, Episodes One, Two and Three have been released. We estimate there will be four or five more episodes. Episodes are delivered in installments, on a slow and erratic – but loving – schedule. Each series purchase helps support future installments of This is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

 

THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY EPISODE ONE: PREMISE (Released January 2014; 6 minute runtime; free to watch) The better we come to understand the forces of nature, the closer we come to confronting perhaps the greatest fear of the conspiracy-minded: that no one is in control; that we are guided and constrained by the systems we have made but don't understand. These systems are not greedy, they have no ambition, they have no ideology, they are not good and they are not evil. They are simply not like us.

 

THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY EPISODE TWO: TYRANNY (Released September 2014; 11 minute runtime) The founders of the The United States of America had boundless faith in the power and potential of reason, and they’d learned that studying evidence and identifying patterns could reveal powerful insights. And with this power, one could peer into the hearts of men, and one could even predict the future.

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THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY EPISODE THREE: CLOCKWORK (Released July 2015; 18 minute runtime) Like gravity drives the clockwork of the solar system, like the pendulum drives the machinery of the clock, the social scientists of the Enlightenment imagined that the hidden force driving the clockwork of human affairs had to be the intentions of individuals. But stripped of mathematics and experimentation, the method that had worked so well for the rest of the natural world failed when applied to society. People proved vastly more complex than planets.

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UPCOMING EPISODES We are currently in production for the remaining four to five episodes that will complete the This is Not a Conspiracy Theory series. 

Contact us at admin@thisisnotaconspiracytheory.com to make requests for screeners of upcoming episodes as they come available.

 

OVERALL PROGRESS To date we have produced and released 35 minutes of what will be the full 80 minute This is Not a Conspiracy Theory series.

 
Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory is the work of filmmaker, writer, speaker Kirby Ferguson. Loved by fans for his ability to break down complex cultural, political, scientific, historical and tech subjects into simple ideas, This is Not a Conspiracy Theory features the same ambitious storytelling, extensive research, visual complexity, and hand-crafted rigor that his supporters have come to expect and enjoy. This project is an experiment in paid content delivery and continues his exploration of the episodic storytelling format.

Kirby Ferguson is best known for creating the popular online video series Everything is a Remix, which has been highly praised by the likes of MythBusters' Adam Savage, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, and acclaimed author Clay Shirky. The series has been viewed over 1.5 million times.

Ferguson dedicates extensive time to researching his subjects, then writes wide-scope, idea-driven narratives spanning a diverse range of topics. He also does the majority of production himself, relying on his strengths in editing, graphic design and sound mixing.

For the past seven years Kirby Ferguson has been an independent video producer. He has worked with The Discovery Channel, Pivot TV, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Storytelling, Engine and Fight for the Future. Prior to his work in video, he was a graphic designer, writer and publisher for over a decade.

He is also an established speaker on creativity, technology, and media and has presented at TED, SXSW, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Google, Netflix, the GEL Conference, Creative Mornings NYC, Columbia University, NYU, The Cusp Conference, Media Evolution, The Creators Project, Campus Party Mexico City, and more.

Watch his TED Talk here.
Watch his preamble talk on This is Not a Conspiracy Theory here.

 
 

HISTORY OF THE PRODUCTION

This is Not A Conspiracy Theory began as a successfully funded Kickstarter in 2012.

These funds helped support the first year of project development (research and crafting the premise) as well as the first year of production on Episode One.

Episode One was released in early 2014 with Episode Two following in fall 2014. Episode Three was just released summer of 2015.

Upcoming episodes will be released on a slow and erratic – but loving – schedule.