"Loose Change" is a documentary about 9/11 conspiracy theories which might just be the first Internet blockbuster.
Since it appeared in May 2005, the 80 minute film has been climbing up Google Video's Top 100, rising to No. 1 this May with at least 10 million viewings, 20,000 viewings a day and 150,000 orders for the DVD. If "Loose Change" were a theatrical release it would be one of the most popular movies in the country right now.
"With $6,000 and a laptop computer, three kids from upstate New York made a documentary about 9/11 that spread across the Internet and threw millions for a loop." -Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair
The video is pretty addicting, the content is surprising, scrutinizes assumed truths and raises questsions that should be asked such as:
How could their have been cell phone calls if cell phones don't work at that high altitude? Why were the indestructible black boxes never found from the planes when a paper passport of one of the alledged highjackers was found blocks away on a Manhattan street? Why was the debris shipped off to a foreign country before even FEMA searched it? Why was the site of the crashes not treated like a crime scene? How did the airplane that crashed into the Pentagon disaooear into a 20 foot hole laving no trace of its 124 foot wing span? Why did the only small debris found around the Pentagon not match the plane type that crashed? Why were cameras from a gas station and hotel around the Pentagon that filmed the crash confiscated and never revealed to the public?
The story is told in MTV-style jump cuts, high end visuals and hip music.
Worth watching for the content, but also a very interesting story of new media in action.