The story goes something like this. In the year 2036, a man calling himself John Titor was sent back in time to 1975 to retrieve pieces of a rare, early IBM computer for use in rebuilding an America that was decimated by nuclear war in 2015. Twenty-five years later, Titor began posting on the Internet about his experiences. And this absolutely happened. Or, at least, an Internet posting by someone using that name and offering that story happened.

Sounds intriguing, no? Well a documentary called How To Build A Time Machine is currently in production to try and uncover the truth’s of Titor’s mysterious and famous claims. Since there’s obviously not actual footage of any of this, director Jay Cheel (Beauty Day) has created a trailer to entice people into contributing to high quality re-creations. And even if you don’t have money to do that, you’ve got to watch this trailer.

Here’s the trailer for How to Build A Time Machine.

How to Build a Time Machine – Doc Ignite Campaign Video from Jay Cheel on Vimeo.

For more information on the film (or to contribute), you should first visit the film’s Hot Docs page here, but also the Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the official plot description.

The year is 2036. Decades after the second American Civil War and the global nuclear strike known as ‘N-Day’, an American soldier named John Titor is assigned a top secret mission: travel back in time to the year 1975 and retrieve an IBM 5100 computer. During this mission, John would make an unexpected stop in the year 2000 for “personal reasons.” There he would connect with his family and then 2-year-old self and begin interacting online with a group of open-minded time travel enthusiasts. John would share information about the future and a detailed description of his time machine and how it works. While some question the veracity of John’s claims, others believe he was truly a man from the future.

How to Build a Time Machine is a genre bending ‘non-fiction, science-fiction mystery’ that will explore the story of John Titor through interviews and detailed recreations based on John’s original internet posts. We’ll also talk with theoretical physicists and time travel enthusiasts about the scientific reality of time travel and how this simple concept has inspired science fiction fans around the world. The result will be a unique, cinematic experience that’s sure to both entertain and enlighten.

What do you think? Have you heard of Titor’s story before? Could it actually be real?

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