Can You Unravel THE CONSPIRACY In New Trailer?

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
As a programmer for Fantastic Fest I often find myself in the position of having to keep quiet about films that I really, really don't want to keep quiet about. They're good, you see, and from exciting new talents, but there are plans and machinations behind the scenes and I'm just not able to talk about them until some nugget or morsel is fed out to the public. Chris MacBride's The Conspiracy is one such film.

Due to have its world premiere as part of the Next Wave competition at Fantastic Fest, The Conspiracy is quite simply a whip smart, impeccably researched bit of work that also happens to evolve into an edgy thriller. Here's how I describe it in the festival program notes:

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 much more complicated than that. Despite his wild street preaching, their subject proves to be an articulate and intelligent man; one prone to seeing patterns others don't, sure, 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 don't 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 hidden society, 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. Using one of the most persistent memes of our time - the conspiracy theory - to create a fact-based thriller, THE CONSPIRACY is more than just entertainment. It's a sly commentary on 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?"
Aint It Cool have just premiered the first poster and full trailer for the film and you can take a look below to get a taste.
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  • Mr. Cavin

    "THE CONSPIRACY systematically blurs the lines between fact and fiction..."

    How does it do this? I assume you don't just mean to say this is a fictional movie that convincingly mimics documentary nonfiction--like any other POV conceit--but that this film actually includes some kind of nonfiction element in its greater narrative structure. That's not something it really demonstrates in the trailer, so I don't really know how it works.

  • I'm not sure how much I can say, but particularly in the early going, yes ... the film is meticulously researched and includes real figures within the conspiracy community. The Conspiracy Culture shop - and it's owner, who is featured prominently - is actually right down the street from where I used to live.

  • Mr. Cavin

    That's totally neat. I guess the idea of guiding a fictional narrative with scenes of documentary encounters is kind of related to BORAT, etc., and is the great-grandchild of gussying up a forty-minute b-movie plot with newsreel footage. I love the state-of-the-art! I'm really looking forward to seeing this now. Sure hope I didn't talk you into saying more than you were supposed to.

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