“YOU CAN’T KILL MEME”
Feature Documentary Spotlights Political Memes
Utopia is set to release YOU CAN’T KILL MEME, an all new feature documentary that explores the silently powerful world of political meme culture and how it can be used and exploited for political gain, on digital platforms on December 7th, 2021.
A political meme is a purposefully designed visual framing of a position that is created to deliver an inside joke, trigger an emotional reaction and create a sense of belonging. Memes are an entirely new form of political communication and attempts to use them for good and ill are growing rapidly.
A feature debut by director/cinematographer Hayley Garrigus, YOU CAN’T KILL MEME follows her three-year descent into the anonymous internet underworld to explore the genesis of “memetic magic” and how memes have provided an entirely new way of articulating beliefs. The documentary includes interviews with individuals that post memes online from both sides of the political aisle, as well as with “lightworkers” and author of Memetic Magic: Manipulation of the Root Social Matrix and the Fabric of Reality, R. Kirk Patwood. The film also features interviews with Billy Brujo, Carole Michaella, Sean Bell, Nick Peterson, Mason Inglaessia, “User 666” and “Marianne” among others.
YOU CAN’T KILL MEME was produced by Samuel Gursky and Kerry Mack, with editing by Michael Beuttler and Hayley Garrigus, and original music by Tom Moore and Michael Beuttler.
Danielle DiGiacomo, Head of Content for Utopia, said, “Through conspiracy and confrontation, ‘You Can’t Kill Meme’ offers nuance in our cultural assumptions about meme culture. Utopia is ecstatic to transfix viewers with the film’s unraveling of modern-day internet communication, whose real-world implications are often oversimplified.”
Co-founded by Robert Schwartzman, Utopia is a sales and distribution company known for feature films including SHIVA BABY and MICKEY AND THE BEAR and feature documentaries including The Ross Bros’ BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS and Academy Award winner Errol Morris’ AMERICAN DHARMA. Forthcoming titles include Berlin Award-winner THE SCARY OF SIXTY FIRST STREET, Sundance hits EL PLANETA and WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR and Vice Studios’ MOMENTS LIKE THIS NEVER LAST.
On digital December 7th