The Zeitgeist Film Series is about examining the world we share, the values we hold, the problems we face, along with what we can do to make it better.
As the word “Zeitgeist” implies, we are dealing with the “intellectual, spiritual, cultural awareness of the time” and the goal of this project is to explore what makes us who we are, how we relate, what we are doing and what we should be doing if we wish to live in a peaceful, humane, sustainable and healthy global society.
The Zeitgeist Film Series is also a media project designed for public consumption without the inhibition of most copyright limitations. All films, while technically copyright to combat financial abuse and exploitation, are universally available for duplication, private screenings and digital distribution without the need for permission – just as long as there is no money involved in those actions. Of course, such projects by Peter Joseph are only made possible if people do purchase such media or show support the viaDonation, so please understand that support is critically needed to keep future projects going. This work is difficult enough to maintain with the free distribution model and the inherent loss of revenue because of it.
As far as history, the premise of “Zeitgeist: The Movie” is not what many assume. The original Zeitgeist was not a film, but a performance piece, which consisted of a vaudevillian style multi-media event using recorded music, live instruments and video. [The only known (camera phone) recording is posted here.] The event was given over a 6-night period in New York City and then, without any interest to professionally release or produce the work, was “tossed” up on the Internet arbitrarily. The work was never designed as a film or even a documentary in a traditional sense – it was designed as a creative, provoking, emotionally driven expression, full of artistic extremity and heavily stylized gestures. (For more about the evolution of “Zeitgeist, The Movie” please see the Q & A at www.zeitgeistthefilm.com )