Movie Review — Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story

Peter Diamandis and Burt Rutan on stage after SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize on Oct. 4, 2004.
Peter Diamandis and Burt Rutan on stage after SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize on Oct. 4, 2004.

Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story
Director: Nick Nanton
Dicks + Nanton Productions
DNA Films
53 minutes
$14.97 to $29.97 (Download & DVD)

If you are a fan of Peter Diamandis, this worshipful 53-minute promotional video is for you. It follows Peter D. through the triumph of the Ansari X Prize, skips ahead to the SpaceShipTwo crash a decade later, and then discusses his work with Singularity University and exponential technology.

If you’re not a fan of all things Peter, or are looking for a modicum of critical analysis, this film is not worth your money or your time.

Visioneer is nominally a documentary, but it’s actually a branding  video for Diamandis.  The first clue came in the press release announcing the film, which spent half of its length promoting the director. Here’s a brief snippet:

Nick Nanton, Esq., is known as the Top Agent to Celebrity Experts®. Nick serves as the CEO of The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency, an international branding and media agency with more than 2200 clients in 33 countries. Nick has produced large-scale events, documentaries, and television shows that have featured the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Anthony Robbins, Steve Forbes, Ivanka Trump, Brian Tracy, President George H.W. Bush, Jack Canfield (Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series), and many more.

So, if you’re a celebrity or would like to be one, the video is worth watching to determine whether you want Nanton to do a branding film on you. Otherwise, you’d be better off spending your money on Netflix or Hulu, which have a variety of fine documentaries.

  • Alan Ladwig

    Gag me.

  • ThomasLMatula

    So basically they are asking you to paid $15 to $30 to watch an infomercial about Peter Diamandis… P.T. Barnum must be smiling 🙂

    What I find sad is how they are writing Paul Allen out of the story. Without Paul Allen there would be no SpaceShipOne, and no one would have won the Anasari X-Prize since now of the other teams were even close to flying anything. Yet he is only mentioned in passing once by Burt Rutan as funding it and it sounds like SpaceShipOne was all Burt Rutan’s idea. This is very different from the story Paul Allen tells in his autobiography. Hopefully someone will take the time to write a well researched history on SpaceShipOne and the Ansari X-Prize that will offset all the spin that has been released into the media on it.