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RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Documentaries)

Director: Jon Foy

RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES

Toynbee Idea / In Kubrick's 2001 / Resurrect Dead / On Planet Jupiter

Something strange is on the streets. Cryptically proclaiming the above four lines (and weirder), the Toynbee Tile phenomenon has seen hundreds of street tiles discovered in major cities across the US and South America for over 20 years. Is it a street-art conspiracy, or the public ravings of a deranged individual?

Director Jon Foy chronicles artist Justin Duerr as he becomes fixated on solving the mystery, and the clues start to pile up: a Jupiter colonisation group, a David Mamet play and pirate shortwave radio broadcasts - but what do they add up to?

An epic urban mystery, and a story of the obsession that lies on both sides of it, Resurrect Dead was winner of the Directing Award for US Documentary at Sundance 2011.

D Jon Foy P/S Jon Foy, Colin Smith Dist Madman Entertainment TD HD Cam/2011

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