WHO IS PETER JOSEPH?
Peter Joseph was born in North Carolina to a middle class family. The son of a mailman and a social worker, he began his creative interests with music at a young age. Later, seeking a career in percussion, he moved to New York initially to attend a Conservatory, only to drop out after an inability to afford the tuition. Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles, focusing on media related fields, including music composition, editing, post-production and the like. He is also a former private equity trader, which he often comments upon as being his "introduction to the wasteful, destructive system known as Wall Street and the market economy ".
After the release of Zeitgeist: Addendum, he founded "The Zeitgeist Movement", a social sustainability organization with members now in nearly every country. His work with The Movement is now a large part of his daily activities - giving lectures and helping to produce relevant media/materials to spread the interest for a new social system.
To learn more about Peter's background, a free online "mini-doc" was created by Charles Robinson, which can be viewed online: www.whoispeterjoseph.com. His personal website is peterjoseph.info
WHO FUNDS THE FILM(S)?
Until mid 2011, there had been no external investors or contributors. It has been 100% independent and Peter Joseph has funded everything with his own money. However, due to the growing financial difficulty in maintaining the free method of distribution utilized and the extensive costs of the 2011 creation/release of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, public donations are now being accepted.
HOW CAN I DONATE TO THE PROJECTS?
Donation can be made through Peter's company website - Gentle Machine Productions
WHY DOES PETER JOSEPH NOT USE HIS SURNAME?
Peter Joseph is Peter's first and middle name. He has chosen to keep his family name unpublicized due to his freelance work which he uses, in part, to fund The Film Project and The Movement, while also trying to protect his family from the many threats he has received since the first film came out. Sadly, this has led to many erroneous speculations with regard to his identity and background. In fact, the actual evolution of the name issue took a few turns. The first level was the Internet release of a film that, at that time in 2007, had zero clearance of the media within it. Since the intent was never to distribute anything for money and the original performance was free, the "educational fair use" denotation allowed the work to exist.
However, once interest began online and demand for DVDs arose, Peter's first instinct was to remove himself from view and assume it would blow over. The first credit ever used was the name "Peter J." This was an attempt to not only protect him from the many hate-filled people who attacked the film and himself, but also because of the fear that the legal implications could blow up in a serious way. It wasn't’t until Peter finally gained clearance for the components of the work that he then released the name "Peter Joseph". This served two roles - to stop the ongoing speculation at that time about what the "J" stood for, while also continuing to protect his surname and hence friends/family from the controversial association. Today, Peter admits he does not care about the name issue anymore, but since it has now been years since the ‘Peter Joseph’ name has propagated, changing it once again would only confuse things more so.
Sadly, however, some of the more inconsiderate online have taken it upon themselves to try and exploit the issue by claiming to "expose" Peter and his family - posting private information about his brother, parents, coworkers and friends online - as though it reveals anything but the personal lives of people who do not deserve to have their privacy violated. This is truly despotic behavior; in extremely poor taste and it has already hurt people associated with Peter in many ways - people who have zero connection to his work. Legal actions are underway with regard to those groups who persist with this form of harassment.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOURCES FOR THE FILM(S)?
Each film has a respective Companion Source Guide (some pending), which goes line by line of the narration to show the sources and even expand on the content. It is worth pointing out that since the release of Zeitgeist: The Movie, the term "debunked" has been tossed around by many who have either been unable to find the sources or, due to a highly biased disposition, refuse to accept or review such sources. For those who have heard this rhetoric - that a film was "debunked"- we encourage you to think for yourself and go through the PDFs we have provided for free. Sadly, some in the religious community have been the most vehement in this regard, grossly misinterpreting the intent of Part 1 of Zeitgeist: The Movie. (Source Guide Here PDF) Some have even composed full books/videos in an attempt to refute. These rebuttals appear to be almost always one sided and radiate with emotional disdain.
WHY DID THE DVD PRICE STRUCTURE CHANGE?
Due to constant exploitation by profit driven resellers of The Zeitgeist Film Series, who purchased the DVD's here only to resell at commercial rates, we can no longer afford to offer the DVD at the traditionally discounted $5.00 rate as we have prior on this website. The survival of Projects depends on Support one way or another and with the Free Internet Streaming & Free Full Resolution DVD Torrents, the odds were already working against the project.
The $5 DVD was/is only effective as a means of support when most people came to the main site to acquire it - not to those who buy in bulk from us only to triple the price to the commercial market rate and sell in the mainstream. Sadly most only know the mainstream avenues and are unaware of the discounted rate here - hence they buy from the wrong people and we lose support.We must now offer the Single DVDs at $10.00.
CAN I COPY THE DVDS AND GIVE AWAY?
Yes- please do. While we will shut down any piracy that sells the films (it is fully copyright), we encourage everyone to duplicate it at will for non-monetary distribution. Also, public access showings and the like do not require any approval from us- just do it!
HOW DO I VIEW & DOWNLOAD THE FILMS FOR FREE?
The full DVD ".iso"s can be downloaded via GMP Download Page.
HOW DID "ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE" COME TO BE?
The original Zeitgeist was actually not a "film", but a performance piece, which consisted of a vaudevillian style multi-media event using recorded music, live instruments and video. The event was given over a 6-night period in New York City and then, without any interest to professionally release or produce the work, was "tossed" up on the Internet arbitrarily. The work was never designed as a film or even a documentary in a traditional sense - it was designed as a creative, provoking, emotionally driven expression, full of artistic extremity and heavily stylized gestures.
However, once online, an unexpected flood of interest began to generate. Within 6 months over 50 Million views were recorded on Google Video counters (before they were reset for some reason). The current combined estimates put the number of Internet views at over 100 million as of 2009. Suddenly "Zeitgeist" the event, became "Zeitgeist: The Movie".
I HEARD "ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE" WAS "DEBUNKED"... IS THIS TRUE?
The term "Debunked" is found to be used mostly by those individuals or groups who hold an emotional/ideological disposition that is contrary to the message(s) of the film. The three most common groups that tote this rhetoric are the orthodox religious communities, the "patriot" (or nationalist) communities and the monetary/capitalist communities. Zeitgeist: The Movie consists of 100s of points and while there are many angles of obvious debate the work is far from un-sourced or unfounded. In 2010, an update was made to the work that corrected small problems while also clarifying and updating the work in general - replacing the prior version. (See more below) Upon this update a free 220 page "Companion Source Guide" was created to openly show the sources and reasoning. To "debunk Zeitgeist: The Movie" is to debunk this guide. This has not occurred. In fact, it is technically impossible to do so in such a context. Only sections can be isolated and argued. It is important to point out that many who claim to have "debunked" this or that are really often working from the standpoint of debate for the sake of a wanted external perception. In other words, given the nature of semantics and interpretation, many can twist/manipulate points to fit what could be perceived as a viable argument or refutation while, in effect, they are really just denying data, creating "straw men" or simply lying. Anyone who doesn't understand or believe the film's points should read the free Companion Source Guide.
WHAT CHANGED IN THE 2010 UPDATE TO "ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE"?
The core changes occurred in Part 3. Part 2 was mostly expanded with new developments and Part 1 is the same, apart from subtle rephrasing in the narration for the sake of better continuity/clarity. Regarding Part 3, the largest alteration was the removal/change of the end section regarding Trading Agreements and the nature of the growing global corporate governance. Since this issue was more cleanly expressed in Zeitgeist: Addendum, little was lost. This was also done to avoid the film being "dated", while allowing for more expansion in content in other sections - keeping the work under 2 hours. Many other temporal points were altered so the work would be more general and non-time specific. Otherwise, corrections were made with regard to poorly sourced quotes and the like and a good deal of new content was added in the "War" section.
HOW DO I KNOW IF WHAT IS IN "ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE" IS ACTUALLY TRUE?
Please read the free Companion Source Guide PDF. and decide for yourself. Online Version Here.
SOME SAY "ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE" ATTACKS "CHRISTIANS"... IS THIS TRUE?
This is just information. The idea it is an "attack" is a projection. People often choose to be attacked/offended when they hear information they do not like, even though it has nothing to do with them directly. The information itself is neutral. Also, many don't seem to realize that their ideology is not "them". It is simply what they have been taught. So, to say the film is attacking "Christians" or any group is about as absurd as saying the film attacks people with baseball caps. "Christians", or any group for that matter, have nothing to do with anything here. To discuss a religious theology or other data set is not to discuss those who believe in or follow it.
Also, if you don't like what you hear or see, you can make the choice not to see or hear it. No one is being held down with his or her eyes propped open and forced to watch this movie. If you don't like it - turn it off.
Sadly, propagandists against the project use this idea that the film "attacks" a group in order to try and manipulate others into not thinking critically about the information and hence push a bias. The same kind of propaganda has materialized where the project has been called "new world order", "satanic" "Marxist" and other irrational, thoughtless distinctions not worth bringing up.
IN A 2011 INTERVIEW WITH THE MARKER, THE TRANSLATION MAKES MANY DEFAMING CLAIMS ABOUT PETER'S INTENT WITH THE FIRST FILM AND MOVEMENT. WHAT IS PETER'S RESPONSE?
From Peter Joseph: "Having read a posted translation of the interview via Wikipedia, the interviewer took extreme liberty with my words. At no time did I say anything about "distancing myself" from anything nor did I state anything about exaggerating the facts, outside of the obvious nature of the film's expressive style. It's a clear distortion and sad to see this kind of twisting in the media. Perhaps it was a translation issue since english is not Asher Schechter first language and during the cell phone interview with a bad international connection, I felt like he wasn't even hearing half of the conversation, projecting bias in the conversation itself."
WHAT IS 'THE ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT' AND HOW IS IT RELATED TO THE FILMS?
The Zeitgeist Movement is a grass roots campaign to unify the world through a common ideology based on the fundamentals of life and nature. The Zeitgeist Movement bypasses traditional ideas of politics, religion and the like and instead attempts to communicate how all humans are the same at the fundamental level and how it is time we start to work together on a global scale to end the seemingly perpetual conflict and suffering in our current world society.
The relationship to the films is mainly in gesture. While the films have served as inspirations for The Movement, the subject matter in the films is not to be confused with the main materials/interests of The Zeitgeist Movement itself, which focus on values, resource economics and sustainability. For example, TZM is not about 9/11, Comparative Religion, Central Banking, Financial Reform or the like. In the world today, many are active in these areas and work to resolve them on a per case basis. TZM is not interested in this - its function is to find the 'source' of problematic social phenomena and act to resolve it at its core. This is why a completely new social system is expressed in the Movement's materials. www.thezeitgeistmovement.com