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Project of the Day: Let's Learn 'How to Build a Time Machine'

By Indiewire | Indiewire February 27, 2012 at 9:30AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
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"How to Build a Time Machine"
"How to Build a Time Machine"


Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

How to Build a Time Machine

Tweetable Logline:
How to Build a Time Machine is a Non-Fiction, Science-Fiction Mystery. The story of internet time traveler/phenomenon John Titor.

Elevator Pitch:
The year: 2036. Decades after the second American Civil War and a global nuclear strike, a soldier named John Titor is assigned a top-secret mission: travel through time to the year 1975 and retrieve an IBM 5100 computer. During his mission, John would make an unexpected stop in the year 2000 for “personal reasons.” There he would connect with his family and 2-year-old self and begin interacting online with a group of time travel enthusiasts. How to Build a Time Machine is a ‘Non-Fiction, Science-Fiction Mystery’ that will explore John's story through interviews and recreations based on his internet posts.

Production Team:
Writer/Director: Jay Cheel
Producers: Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon, Roman Pizzacalla
Exec. Producer: Michael McMahon
Cinematographer: Jay Cheel
Editor: Jay Cheel

About the Production:
After having a blast making Beauty Day, I wanted my follow up film to be something equally entertaining and fun to make, so I decided to return to a subject I’d dealt with before; time travel. In 2005 I directed a short student documentary called Obsessed & Scientific, which got me hooked on the John Titor story. I always wanted to return to that subject matter and give it the treatment I felt it deserved, and now I have the chance to do just that!

Current Status:
We are currently doing fundraising, but have already shot some footage.

For more information and to support this project:

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How to Build a Time Machine - Doc Ignite Campaign Video from Jay Cheel on Vimeo.

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This article is related to: Project of the Day, Filmmaker Toolkit