John Titor is from the future. This isn’t an opening from a Robert A. Heinlein novel, or even some spaced out episode of Lost. This is the story of how a series of posts in an internet discussion forum became modern folklore on the scale of Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster. Director Jay Cheel is trying to bring Titor’s story to the screen in a documentary film titled How To Build A Time Machine and he needs your help.
There are plenty of websites dedicated to the John Titor story. The lowdown is this; in the year 200o a man claiming to be from the future (the year 2036 to be exact) began posting his story online. He claimed to have been first sent back to the year 1975 to retrieve parts of an old IBM 5100 computer and then on to 2000 in order to visit his family and his two-year-old self. His tale told of a nuclear attack in 2015 and a second American Civil War in which the country was split five ways and the population faced devastation on a massive scale.
Cheel explains his motivation for the documentary to HotDocs:
After the great experience of making my first documentary feature BEAUTY DAY, I want to make a follow-up film that will be equally inspiring and entertaining. My subject this time is a childhood fascination: time travel.
It may be easy to scoff at the idea of time travel and to doubt the validity of the John Titor story. After all, how easy is it to pull off a hoax via the great anonymity of the internet? However, going into this film with cynicism would suggest a comprehensive lack of imagination and a blind failure to believe in things that may be within our reach but just outside our understanding. All you really need to do is talk to a physicist to see how seemingly impossible things are entirely possible with the right kind of conditions.
Regardless of your feelings on the subject, this film is sure to be an interesting look into the realms of time and space. You can help fund Cheel’s project How To Build A Time Machine by donating here.