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Peter Joseph
Peter Joseph wearing a dark shirt with a yellow lanyard, looking left of camera
Joseph in 2010
Born (1979-02-04) February 4, 1979 (age 45)[1]
Alma mater
Years active2007–present
Known forThe Zeitgeist Movement

Peter Joseph is an American independent filmmaker and activist. He is best known for the Zeitgeist film series, which he wrote, directed, narrated, scored, and produced. He is also the founder of the related Zeitgeist Movement.[3] Other work by Joseph includes the 2017 book The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression.[4]


Joseph was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1979 and attended the University of North Carolina and The New School.[5]

In 2009, he founded The Zeitgeist Movement, a self-described "sustainability advocacy organization". It was originally started as the "activist arm" of an organization called The Venus Project, launched by Jacque Fresco in 1994. In 2011, the two organizations separated.[6] Joseph's work with the movement and the Zeitgeist film trilogy has been the subject of national media attention, including articles in The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post, VC Reporter, and TheMarker.[7][8][9]

Since 2011, Joseph has supported the Occupy movement.[10]

In 2012, he created the satirical miniseries Culture in Decline, which challenges various contemporary cultural phenomena.[11][12]

In March 2017, BenBella Books published The New Human Rights Movement, authored by Joseph. Abby Martin discussed his views in the book and generally in an interview on Telesur.[13]



  • Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)
  • Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
  • Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
  • InterReflections (2020)
  • Zeitgeist: Requiem (2024)


  • Culture in Decline (2012)

Music videos


  • Murdock, D.M.; Joseph, Peter (2011). The Zeitgeist Sourcebook – Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  • The New Human Rights Movement (2017)

See also


  1. ^ "Biography | Peter Joseph". August 13, 2017. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Peter Joseph, Official Media Archive". peterjoseph.info. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Donovan, Travis (May 16, 2015). "The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Tanguay, Brian (September 26, 2017). Peter Joseph's 'The New Human Rights Movement.' Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved: August 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Biography – Peter Joseph". peterjoseph.info. Archived from the original on June 29, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2020 – via Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Bill Stamets (February 15, 2011). "Art-house films: 'Marwencol,' 'Zeitgeist'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 7, 2011. "The view from Venus". Orlando Weekly. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Feuer, Alan (March 17, 2009). "They've Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  8. ^ Rhonda Swan, A dream worth having, The Palm Beach Post, May 1, 2009
  9. ^ New world re-order: The Zeitgeist Movement spreads to Ventura County Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Shane Cohn, VC Reporter, May 12, 2011
  10. ^ Simon, Alex (June 20, 2015). "Awaiting Interreflections : Peter Joseph's Highly Anticipated New Film Series Inches Towards its 2016 Release". HuffPost. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Culture in decline" in IMDB
  12. ^ "Culture in decline" Website
  13. ^ "Abby Martin Discusses the Absurdity of Capitalism with Peter Joseph". YouTube. August 18, 2017. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved August 21, 2017.