Private Project

Crypts of Civilization

Historian Paul Hudson recounts the turn of the millennium when Georgia’s “The Crypt of Civilization,” (to be opened in the year 8113 AD) inspired the formation of an International Time Capsule Society and its registry of all known time capsules.

  • Frank Heath
    The Hollow Coin
  • Paul Hudson
    Key Cast
  • Eli Arnold
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Comedy, experimental
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4k UHD
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Simone Subal Gallery
    New York
    United States
    June 1, 2021
Director Biography - Frank Heath

Frank Heath is an artist and filmmaker based in New York. His work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals throughout the world. Solo exhibition venues include: Simone Subal Gallery, New York; Swiss Institute, New York; and Art Basel Statements, Basel. His work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings at the Kitchen, New York; International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Power Plant, Toronto; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the High Line, New York, among other venues. His film The Hollow Coin (2016) was awarded Best Documentary Short at Indilisboa and the Kurzfilm Hamburg Deframed Audience Award. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix (New York). He is also the editor of the feature film Donald Cried (2017).

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Director Statement

This film explores the phenomenon of time capsules and its recurring swell of activity relative to major world events: the discovery of ancient Egyptian tombs, World War II and the threat of nuclear annihilation, Y2K, 9/11, and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic. The attempt to collect a frozen snapshot of the current moment and send, undisturbed, to a distant future persists despite the fact that most time capsule projects are lost, stolen, or forgotten. Considered by many to be a novelty, others see an accessible method to collect and preserve histories otherwise considered insignificant.