It takes a special project to get me behind a crowdfunding campaign. How To Build A Time Machine looks to be that project, taking an interesting look at one of my favorite early Internet 'mysteries.' From the campaign page:
The year is 2036. Decades after the second American Civil War and the global nuclear strike known as ‘N-Day’, an American soldier named John Titor is assigned a top secret mission: travel back in time to the year 1975 and retrieve an IBM 5100 computer. During this mission, John would make an unexpected stop in the year 2000 for “personal reasons.” There he would connect with his family and then 2-year-old self and begin interacting online with a group of open-minded time travel enthusiasts. John would share information about the future and a detailed description of his time machine and how it works. While some question the veracity of John’s claims, others believe he was truly a man from the future.
How to Build a Time Machine is a genre bending 'non-fiction, science-fiction mystery' that will explore the story of John Titor through interviews and detailed recreations based on John’s original internet posts. We’ll also talk with theoretical physicists and time travel enthusiasts about the scientific reality of time travel and how this simple concept has inspired science fiction fans around the world. The result will be a unique, cinematic experience that’s sure to both entertain and enlighten.
I used to be obsessed with Titor back in the day; his predictions - US wracked by Civil War in 2008, for instance - haven't come true, but he did always say that quantum theories of time travel, that there are alternate pasts and futures, are real, so who knows!
Well, he's actually probably nuts/full of shit, but it's still a cool story. And this could be a cool doc. What I like is that director Jay Cheel (whose previous doc, Beauty Day, was about a Canadian TV personality who did Jackass stunts before Jackass) isn't looking for funds to MAKE the movie, just to make it BETTER. He wants to reenact Titor's posts as professionally as possible, and needs actors, props and costumes to make it right.
Watch the trailer: