Did a soldier from 2036 interact online with the people of 2000 during a time-traveling mission, or was it an elaborate hoax?
Cheel has less than three weeks left as the inaugural Doc Ignite project – Hot Docs’ recently introduced documentary-exclusive crowdfunding site. At the time of this writing, backers have contributed more than 60% of his campaign goal of $25,000, which is earmarked to film recreations of John Titor’s 1975 time travel mission.
Cheel’s first film demonstrated that he knows a good doc subject when he finds one, and, like Cap’n Video, Titor makes for a subject with a great hook – even if Cheel will have to manufacture his subject based largely on his Internet posts and his believers’ ideas about him rather than, I imagine, his participation – unless, like Colin Trevorrow’s thematically similar recent narrative SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, he manages to track Titor down. The fantastical elements and questions around the episode immediately bring to mind the Toynbee Tiles from one of my favorite docs of recent years, RESURRECT DEAD, and just as Jon Foy creatively fleshed out his story with animation and the like, it sounds like Cheel’s recreations will function in the same way to more fully immerse his audience in Titor’s claims. In a word, the project just sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m interested in seeing what he does with it.