|Directed by||Peter Joseph|
|Produced by||Peter Joseph|
|Music by||Peter Joseph|
|Editing by||Peter Joseph|
|Distributed by||GMP LLC|
|Running time||123 min|
Zeitgeist: Addendum is a 2008 documentary film produced and directed by Peter Joseph, and a sequel to the 2007 film Zeitgeist: The Movie. Zeitgeist: Addendum is itself followed by the 2011 film Zeitgeist: Moving Forward.
The film begins and ends with excerpts from a speech by Jiddu Krishnamurti. The remainder of the film is narrated by Peter Joseph and divided into four parts, each prefaced by an on-screen quotation from a notable scholar: Krishnamurti, John Adams, Bernard Lietaer, and Thomas Paine, respectively.
Part One states that money is the most corrosive societal tradition and explains the monetary system and its policies in the United States through the fractional reserve banking system as illustrated in the book, "Modern Money Mechanics". In clarifying, Part One explains how money creation as an exchange between the government and the central bank (Federal Reserve in the U.S.), creates a perpetual cycle of interest and inflation, summarizing that money and debt are necessarily correlated and increasing.
Part Two shares an interview with John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, who said he was involved in the subjugation of Latin American economies by multinational corporations, including the United States government's involvement in the overthrow and installation of various Latin American heads-of-state.
Part Three introduces Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project, and it asserts a need to move away from current socioeconomic paradigms. Fresco states that free-market enterprise and capital do not promote efficiency, abundance, nor human progress, but rather they instead encourage artificial creation of scarcity to maximize profits, encourage suboptimal technological development to maintain cyclical consumption, put the interest of people second to monetary gain, and engage in the production of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation to lower operating costs.
Fresco states that capitalism perpetuates the conditions it claims to address, as problems are only solved if there is money to be made, and if more money can be made by propagating the problem rather than solving it, the problem will be propagated.
Part Four explores the idea that all major social problems are ultimately the result of wide-scale ignorance concerning the two concepts of emergence and symbiosis—an ignorance maintained by the political, monetary, and religious institutions. This fourth part maintains a cosmopolitan attitude, and states that human societies are part of an interdependent universe. It suggests several means of social change, largely via non-violent boycotting and educating, in order to oppose rigid social institutions.
The film concludes in a sequence depicting actors as members of the fast-paced modern world suddenly stopping in their everyday activities and letting go of various symbolic items of corporate, religious, and materialistic significance. The final statement of the film is to boycott the most powerful banks in the Federal Reserve System, the major news networks (CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox, etc.), the military, energy corporations, and the so-called "democratic" political system; and to join, support, and proliferate The Zeitgeist Movement.
Alan Feuer of The New York Times summarized the film as "a utopian presentation of a money-free and computer-driven vision of the future, a wholesale reimagination of civilization"…likening it to the works of Karl Marx, Carl Sagan, and John Lennon. He quoted director Joseph's summary as simply "the application of the scientific method for social change." Feuer also noted that while the previous film was famous for its alleging that the attacks of September 11 were an inside job, the second installment "was all but empty of such conspiratorial notions, directing its rhetoric and high production values toward posing a replacement for the evils of the banking system and a perilous economy of scarcity and debt."
Film critic Bill Stamets for the Chicago Sun-Times characterized Joseph's source materials as "disparate," writing: "At times, Peter Joesph skirts with esoterica. Never as kooky as 'visionaries' Lyndon LaRouche and L. Ron Hubbard, he nonetheless partakes in science worship, sci-fi mind-slavery metaphors, and a global banking obsessions [sic]."
- Alan Feuer (March 16, 2009). "They’ve Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- Travis Walter Donovan, The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning a Sustainable Future. The Huffington Post, March 16, 2010.
- Rhonda Swan, A dream worth having, The Palm Beach Post, April 30, 2009
- Quotations and citations in this Wikipedia article are based on the translation from Hebrew to English of The Filmmaker Who Helped Recruit Millions for the Global Protests of the Bottom 99%, original Hebrew article by Asher Schechter, TheMarker (Israel), January 19, 2012.
- Quotations and citations in this Wikipedia article are based on the translation from Hebrew to English of Imagine, original Hebrew article by Tzaela Kotler, Globes (Israel), March 18, 2010.
- Bruce Wilson (January 26, 2011). "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward – Movie Hits the Internet". US News Source. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- Zeitgeist: Addendum at the Sarasota – Manatee Hebraic Roots Forum, accessed January 31, 2011
- "The Artivist Awards". Artivist Film Festival. 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-18. "Best Feature – Artivist Spirit: “Zeitgeist: Addendum“ directed by Peter Joseph"
- TZMOfficialChannel. "Zeitgeist: Addendum". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
- Bill Stamets (February 15, 2011). "Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- Official website
- Zeitgeist: Addendum at the Internet Movie Database
- Zeitgeist: Addendum at Rotten Tomatoes