Jon Foy’s Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles jumps into an unsolved international investigation regarding hundreds of cryptic messages and the person(s) responsible. A haunting real life mystery that revolves around Toynbee enthusiasts Justin Duerr, Steve Weinik, and Colin Smith. Winner of the 2011 Directing Award for Sundance’s Documentary Competition. Synopsis as follows (via Sundance):
“Beginning in the early 1980s, hundreds of tiles carrying this cryptic message were found embedded in the asphalt of city streets as far apart as New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Santiago, and Buenos Aires. Street art? A prank? A message from space?
Filmmaker Jon Foy recounts how young artist Justin Duerr became fascinated with the strange plaques and, with two other “Toynbee tile” enthusiasts, Steve Weinik and Colin Smith, spent years trying to discover what they meant and who made them. The unlikely investigators uncovered increasingly bizarre clues: a newspaper article, a David Mamet play, a Jupiter colonization organization, and a Toynbee message that “hijacked” local news broadcasts.
That the origins of a street tile can be so captivating is testament to both Duerr’s passion and Foy’s filmmaking. Artfully constructed, Resurrect Dead thrusts us into the black hole of this fantastic mystery but also reflects on Duerr himself, and the personal connection he develops with finding an answer.”
Two videos embedded down below for your viewing pleasure:
Resurrect Dead trailer.
Interview with filmmaker Jon Foy.