21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2024

The Conspiracy

Canada, 2012 : Canadian Premiere
Archives 2013
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sun, Apr 21 9:30 PM


When two filmmakers select a crazed conspiracy theorist as the subject of their new work, the task seems simple enough: befriend him, gain his trust, and let his theories speak for themselves. Despite his street preaching, their subject proves to be an articulate and intelligent man. One prone to seeing patterns that others do not, but hardly the expected lunatic. Listen long enough and his arguments start to make a certain sort of sense. It’s enough to make you wonder if there’s some basis to what he’s saying.

And then he disappears. No word, no trace. While one filmmaker is prepared to walk away, the other becomes obsessed, and begins an obsessive effort to reconstruct his work.

A meticulously researched and cannily constructed bit of work, The Conspiracy blurs the lines between fact and fiction, deconstructing the distinction between truth and news, news and propaganda. It is a sly commentary on a world in which the medium really has become the message, where the most important question is not “What happened?” but “Who is telling us?”

Fantastic Fest 2012
Sitges Film Festival 2012

press for The Conspiracy

"The Conspiracy taps into deeply-hidden fears, even as your brain is telling you not to pay attention to that man behind the curtain."
- Twitch Film
"Throughout, writer/director Christopher MacBride crafts a believable world of ominous, unseen power."
- Indiewire

screened with a short film


The Hunt

Calgary, 2013, 8 Minutes, Director Spencer Estabrooks



85 Minutes


Christopher MacBride

Lee Kim

Aaron Poole, James Gilbert