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RESURRECT DEAD: A Philadelphia Mystery

Produced by Michael O'Reilly


March 2012

Since the 1980's, someone has been putting tiles into the crosswalk of Philadelphia streets. These aren't tiles like you'd find in your bathroom - but rather they are a pliable linoleum with a rather distinctive message carved into them that references British historian Arnold Toynbee. Justin Duerr noticed them in the 90's, and told Jon Foy (a film-school dropout and housecleaner) about them. Flash-forward a decade and Jon and Justin (along with other intrepid researchers) are standing on the stage at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where "RESURRECT DEAD: the Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles" has just won the directing award for documentary. The film does an amazing job of delving into the mythology surrounding these "toynbee tiles", and fills us with wonder regarding these mysterious tiles.

"The film is confoundingly watchable" - Roger Ebert, naming RESURRECT DEAD in the top 5 documentaries of 2011.



Extended interview with Justin Duerr | Edited by Luke J. Marron




A Dissection of the Toynbee Tiles | Edited by Luke J. Marron