EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich) has partnered with RadicalMedia and The Atlantic on a brand new conspiracy concept docuseries Shadowland.
Shadowland is a recurring well timed docuseries primarily based on the critically acclaimed multi-article interactive undertaking from The Atlantic. As American historical past continues to be full of false narratives believed by so many individuals, Shadowland investigates conspiracy theories capturing the general public creativeness and discover the life-changing impression they’re having on supporters and people caught within the crosshairs, to find whether or not reality as we have recognized it might probably survive within the twenty first century.
The Atlantic investigated the rise of far-right conspiracy concept QAnon lengthy earlier than it grew to become a family title through the 2020 election. The publication’s interactive undertaking titled “Shadowland” launched in May with a canopy story, “The Prophecies of Q,” warning that QAnon’s energy—and the rejection of actuality it represents—solely grows.
For its debut season, Shadowland will intercut amongst three usually overlapping topics over the course of six one-hour episodes, encompassing the cult of QAnon, irrational theories surrounding COVID-19 and the forthcoming vaccine, and conspiracy beliefs which are particularly resonating with girls.
“Paranoid pondering is extra highly effective, extra well-liked, and extra harmful than ever, threatening not simply particular person info, however the very concept of reality itself. We’re excited to accomplice with The Atlantic to concentrate on conspiracies which have an infinite impression on our world in the present day, usually threatening the very material that makes up our democracy,” stated Jen Isaacson, Executive Producer for RadicalMedia. “Through the diligent reporting of The Atlantic, together with breaking information on QAnon, it’s paramount we carry these vital and well timed tales to life now.”
“As a documentary filmmaker, I’ve devoted a lot of my skilled life to exposing corruption and false narratives and have watched in dismay during the last yr as reality itself has come underneath assault in our nation like by no means earlier than,” stated Berlinger. “After devouring The Atlantic‘s revelatory reporting, I knew Shadowland could be the proper framework for a sequence that would assist counteract the forces which are tearing this nation aside and jeopardizing our democracy. I’m delighted to be partnering with The Atlantic, a information outlet I’ve lengthy admired, on this era-defining topic.”
“We reside by means of a mass rejection of cause and enlightenment values,” stated Adrienne LaFrance, govt editor of The Atlantic. “Conspiracy theories pose grave and rising threats to society Shadowland illuminates the forces which have created and perpetuated our present unreality—and charts a course for the way we would discover a approach out.”
The first season of Shadowland will likely be directed by Berlinger and govt produced by RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Jon Doran and Jen Isaacson in addition to The Atlantic’s editors. Berlinger additionally serves as govt producer for Third Eye Motion Picture Company. Dave Snyder is hooked up as Executive Producer of Development for The Joe Berlinger Group.