Film Screening/ Q&A
October 10th, 2019
Santa Monica College/ CMD
Pen & Banjo Films and Nonchalance (The Institute, IndieCade Award Winner 2010) are honored to return to IndieCade with their followup film “In Bright Axiom” – a true story about a faux secret society / game that became much deeper and darker to the players than the creators had anticipated. This tale explores the endeavor of what it means to create a narrative that become larger than the sum of its parts.
Imagine you’re handed an invitation with an address and an access code, but little to no other information. Do you go inside? If you’re brave enough to enter, what you’ll find on the other side of the door, through dark mazes and down twisting slides, is The Latitude Society, a secret group of curious and creative minds brought together to create transformative experiences. In Bright Axiom takes us on a docu-fantasy adventure to explore the unique and unusual House of the Latitude, where participants are forced to expand their notion of reality and their ability to trust the unknown in order to fully participate in this social experiment.
Director Spencer McCall defies the code of absolute discretion to invite viewers inside the minds behind Nonchalance, the group of storytellers, designers, and artists that developed the Latitude Society and dared a community to embrace the unknown.
Spencer McCall has spent the last ten years orchestrating socio-reengineering and public hoax-prank performance art pieces. In 2009, he became a co-contributor of the Jejune Institute; a city-wide alternate reality game in San Francisco that lasted three years and “inducted” over 10,000 unknowing participants. McCall took his experience working with Jejune and turned it into an award-winning documentary “The Institute”. His film is currently being remade into a series on a major television network. McCall also helped to create Jejune’s follow-up experience The Latitude Society; a faux secret society with an underground experiential labyrinth beneath San Francisco. Since then, he has aided in Demand Protest, an elaborate hoax that garnered national news coverage and landed him an appearance on Tucker Carlson; in character as alter ego Dominic Tullipso (double-Ls are silent) where he confused and amused Carlson and America. Washington Post described it as one of the most bizarre on-camera interviews ever broadcast.