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‘Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It’ is set to be a must-see for all and any Bitcoin curious, enthusiasts… and skeptics. For starters, this isn’t just a documentary about Bitcoin and how great it is with its technological advances. Instead, it is focusing on the idea of cryptocurrency, the concept and history of money. As Bitcoin poses questions to the traditional system of money and finance, so does this film aim to pick apart the current financial system, the perils of centralized monetary authority, hyperinflation and debt crises.
Director and producer Torsten Hoffman explains:
“It is nice to see that all of the current Bitcoin film projects cover slightly different angles of the story: The local community, Bitcoin users, Startups and developers, Altcoins, Bitcoins in Africa, etc.… these are all important.
Our approach is to start with the fundamental concept of money and explain Bitcoin to someone who has never heard of it before. Our mission is to get the audience questioning paper money and curious about Bitcoin.
Hopefully our film will be the one that you will recommend to your parents or non-tech friends in order for them to ‘get it’. So in a way you could say that our documentary is not for members of the Bitcoin community, but rather for their friends who don’t yet understand the topic.”
By putting Bitcoin into the economic and philosophical context of today, this film won’t be a ‘geek-centered’ film with all the complicated terminology and confusing concepts of computers, a common critique of ‘The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,’ which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Instead, this is meant to include the public at large. Education and outreach is the goal and the best way may be to pose Bitcoin as not only a technological advancement, but by presenting it as a philosophical question about the legitimacy of central establishments around the world. In a time when trust in institutions both private and public are at a historic low, this is a fundamental question for the future.
If that hasn’t whetted your appetite yet, then take a gander at the interviews. Prominent figures like Blockchain.info’s CEO Nic Cary and the irrepressible Jeffrey Tucker are going to be involved as well as ‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Roger Ver and the endearing Andreas Antonopoulos.
However, the critique that ‘The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin’ was hammered with that ‘it was a bunch of white men talking about Bitcoin’ may also hit this film. It is a rather unfortunate folly of the cryptocommunity that very few women are among the leadership. This has led to many bloggers and writers like ThinkProgress’s Annie Strasser to claim that Bitcoin is sexist. For Bitcoin, this could be detrimental to the growing community as social tensions grow. The outreach for women may be seen by people like ‘the Bitcoin Girl’ Naomi Brockwell, but especially in this film, I certainly suggest more be done in that area.
For Mr. Hoffman, the biggest challenge wasn’t finding good speakers.
“We were surprised how accessible some of the Bitcoin thoughtleaders and famous advocates were and that is why we already have a lot of great interviews from Miami, Toronto and New York. Interestingly it is much harder to find Bitcoin skeptics and critics willing to share their thoughts on camera, so we still need help with that.
We are looking for spokespersons from the traditional banking sector, too.
Also, we are working hard to make sure that the story will go beyond the USA. Bitcoin is very much a global story and so are our production team, shooting schedule and list of upcoming interviewees. The largest obstacle still ahead of us lies in the scripting work and using clever animation to summarize complex topics in understandable and entertaining ways.”
‘Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It’ reached its Kickstarter goal of $10,000 8 days early and closed more than $6,000 extra on Friday at $16,385 AUD. While the project is largely self funded by $60,000, this campaign will help create stronger post-production and script development as well as reach out to more interviews.
The production team aims to release the film by the end of the year, but within that year, a whole lot of exciting new things will come about and a whole lot more production will knock this film out of the ballpark. As the films continue to roll out, you can read all about them here at CryptoCoinsNews. For now, that’s all for CryptoCurrency Films.