Beware the Men in Black.
A group of filmmakers have turned to Kickstarter seeking to fund the completion of a video game documentary called The Polybius Conspiracy. The film will explore the urban legend surrounding a supposed game known as Polybius, an arcade cabinet that legend claims briefly existed in several arcades in the Portland, Oregon area during the 1980s.
While there is no evidence that any such game ever actually existed, the filmmakers aim to “dive into the chronology, testimonials, and psychology of the legend; an intersection where urban mythology and dark secrets meet the arcade scene.”
Over the past year the filmmakers have been interviewing arcade owners, game designers, journalists, enthusiasts, and tour guides but explain they “just lost a significant financial backer” and have decided to crowdsource the remaining funds to complete the project.
The Polybius Conspiracy’s Todd Luoto explains the film’s team are all former Sundance employees, whose previous short film work has been featured at SXSW, Tribeca, AFI and Slamdance Film Festivals, among others.
The Polybius Conspiracy is seeking USD$100,000 to assist with crew expenses, equipment, insurance, travel, post-production, and licensing clips and photos.
The Polybius myth is a popular one, despite the lack of any real evidence, and a Polybius machine was featured as a gag in a 2006 episode of The Simpsons, as well as a 2014 episode of The Goldbergs.