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Peter Joseph
Peter Joseph.jpg
Peter Joseph, 2010
Born 1979[1]
Winston-Salem, North Carolina[1]
Occupation Filmmaker, activist
Years active 2007–present

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 the founder of the related The Zeitgeist Movement.[2] Other professional work includes directing the music video God Is Dead? for the band Black Sabbath[3]

Early life and education

According to Joseph he was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduation, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in solo classical percussion performance, attending the New School for Social Research.[4]


Joseph began his professional career working in advertising and as a private equity trader on Wall Street.[5] In 2007 he produced a live performance art piece that he entitled "Zeitgeist." The production was never intended for distribution, but was released online and went viral with millions of views.[6] It became the first in a trilogy of films produced by Joseph, the others being Zeitgeist:Addendum and Zeitgeist:Moving Forward, released in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

In 2009, Joseph 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.[7] Joseph's work with the Movement and the Trilogy has been the subject of national media attention to include articles in the The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post, VC Reporter, and TheMarker.[8][9][10][11]

Joseph is the owner of Gentle Machine Productions LLC, a production company that has released many of his projects, including the Zeitgeist film trilogy. It also is responsible for the production of the Culture in Decline, a web series launched by Joseph in 2012, as well as Joseph's new feature film project: InterReflections.[12][13]

Peter Joseph directed a "short-film" music video for the heavy metal music group Black Sabbath, entitled "God Is Dead?" The film had its world-premiere screening at the band's June 6, 2013, album release in Hollywood's Harmony Gold Preview Center.[3] The music video film is largely composed of symbology extracted from Joseph's Zeitgeist trilogy, coupled with layers of imposed archival imagery of the band.[14]

Joseph has given many lectures and interviews, including two TEDx talks,[15][16] a feature at the 2011 Cine Futuro film festival, a feature at the 2011 Leaders Causing Leaders conference and appeared on RT TV numerous times.[17][18][19][20][21] Other coverage includes The Joe Rogan podcast in 2012,[6][22] The Young Turks,[5] the Marker TV in Israel,[23] and a feature in the New York Times.[8] A proponent of Occupy Wall St, he gave public speeches in both New York and Los Angeles.[24][25] He was a judge in the 2015 USFUCA Worldwide Youth Contest supporting youth generated technological progress and has been featured by The Global Summit. Joseph is also on the steering committee of Project Peace on Earth.[26]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Peter Joseph, Official Media Archive". Retrieved 9 Aug 2013. 
  2. ^ Donovan, Travis (16 May 2015). "The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Black Sabbath Taps Controversial Filmmaker Peter Joseph for God Is Dead? Video". Blabbermouth. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Danaylov, Nikola. "Peter Joseph on Singularity 1 on 1: We Are All Subjected To The Same Natural Law System". Singularity 1 on 1. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Uygur, Cenk. "Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist Movement Founder on TYT". The Young Turks. YouTube. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "PODCAST #173 - Peter Joseph, Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Bill Stamets (February 15, 2011). "Art-house films: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Zeitgeist’". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 7, 2011.  "The view from Venus". Orlando Weekly. 
  8. ^ a b Feuer, Alan (2009-03-17). "They've Seen the Future and Dislike the Present". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  9. ^ Travis Walter Donovan, The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning a Sustainable Future. The Huffington Post, March 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Rhonda Swan, A dream worth having, The Palm Beach Post, May 1, 2009
  11. ^ New world re-order: The Zeitgeist Movement spreads to Ventura County, Shane Cohn, VC Reporter, May 12, 2011
  12. ^ Retrieved April-15-14
  13. ^ Retrieved April-15-2014
  14. ^ Roffman, Michael. "Watch Black Sabbath's haunting new video for God is Dead?". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Peter Joseph – The Big Question, TEDxOjai, March 9, 2012
  16. ^ Peter Joseph – The Zeitgeist Movement – spreading the interest for a new social system, TED (conference)|TEDxOjai, February 29, 2012
  17. ^ "Zeitgeist: Moving beyond money". RT. March 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ The Zeitgeist Movement – Money, Debt and the Economy, RT, December 2, 2011
  19. ^ Zeitgeist Solutions for the World, RT, September 14, 2011
  20. ^ Interview with Activist and Filmmaker Peter Joseph, RT, April 10, 2011
  21. ^ The Zeitgeist Movement on Solutions to War, Imperialism and The State, RT, February 10, 2012
  22. ^
  23. ^ Discussion of the Zeitgeist movement with Peter Joseph, TheMarkerTV, January 19, 2012. Interview conducted in English, following a brief introduction to Joseph and the movement in Hebrew.
  24. ^ "Peter Joseph Speaks at Occupy LA". TZM. YouTube. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Peter Joseph at Occupy Wall St / New York City, 2011". Peter Joseph Archive. YouTube. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  26. ^ Project Peace on Earth advisory board

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