The Institute (2013 film)

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The Institute
Directed bySpencer McCall
StarringArye Bender
Boston Blake
Jeff Hull
Distributed byArgot Pictures
Release date
  • October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
A metal sign made for the fictitious "Elsewhere Public Works" as part of alternate reality game "The Jejune Institute"[1]

The Institute is a 2013 documentary film directed by Spencer McCall reconstructing the story of the "Jejune Institute", an alternate reality game set in San Francisco, through interviews with the participants and the creators. The game was produced in 2008 by Oakland-based artist Jeff Hull. Over the course of three years, it enrolled more than 10,000 players who, responding to eccentric flyers plastered all over the city, started the game by receiving their "induction" at the fake headquarters of the Institute, located in an office building in San Francisco's Financial District.[2][3]

The series Dispatches from Elsewhere is based on this documentary film.[4]


  1. ^ "Trap doors and hatches all around: Jeff Hull on infusing variability and play into the workaday world". Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  2. ^ Rothe, E. Nina (1 October 2013). "Down the Rabbit Hole with Spencer McCall's The Institute". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  3. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (21 April 2011). "Interested in the Jejune Institute? It's Too Late". New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ Phipps, Keith (February 10, 2020). "Dispatches from Elsewhere Review: Jason Segel Returns to TV With a Bold, Unpredictable Series". TV Guide. Retrieved February 22, 2020.

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