'The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin' Released Today

The film many folks in the bitcoin community have been waiting for has finally been released for viewing.

The film, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, encountered major delays in getting released (the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, though), particularly on the front of distribution, but now, things are gravy.

The film will be available on a slew of different platforms that include Vimeo, Amazon, and iTunes. In addition, subscription services like Comcast and DISH Network (which recently began accepting bitcoin) will have the film available for viewing.

As I’ve noted in my review of the film, the film follows Dan Mross, brother of the director of The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. His journey includes bitcoin mining and interviewing familiar and notable entities in the bitcoin community.

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Those entities include the Winklevoss brothers, Erik Voorhees, Mark Karpeles (the disgraced CEO of Mt. Gox), Charlie Shrem, and plenty more.

Of course, it’s interesting because the price of bitcoin has seemingly fallen and fallen since earlier this year, but the community remains optimistic.

Certainly though, I feels it’s worth the watch, particularly if you’re an enthusiast.

Learn more about The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin by visiting the production’s homepage. The film is available for purchase for the price of $12.99 (payable in bitcoin, of course).

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Have a little over ten minutes to burn? You might be interested in catching Bitcoin: Buenos Aires, a short film covering the topic of bitcoin in Latin America, if you haven’t already guessed by the title.

Made over a three-day period, the film was shot back in early July of this year. This particular film became available late last month, and is produced by TheProtocol.TV.

A tip to TheProtocol.TV is suggested for those viewing the film, even on video websites like YouTube and Vimeo.

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I’ve just finished viewing the film and would say it’s worth a watch — and since it’s only twelve minutes, it won’t take you terribly long.

There’s another bitcoin flick many in the community are waiting for: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. That movie, which is much longer, is expected to make its debut on iTunes and via other media channels on October 10th.

I will be reviewing the film just as soon as they send me a copy, which I hope will be over the weekend. Be sure to look out for that review in the coming days.

In the meantime, let me know what you think of Bitcoin: Buenos Aires!

There’s been quite a few films related to bitcoin, and here’s another. Freshly announced: EPIX has announced that the original documentary Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road is expected to make a world premiere on the premium network in 2015.

The film, as the name would suggest, tells the story of websites hidden on the so-called Deep Web. These pages are non-indexed intentionally, and account for 96 percent of the world wide web, as it were. In particular, the film focuses on Silk Road, an illicit marketplace where users can purchase illegal products: narcotics, firearms, and more.

The film makes the connection between this illicit marketplace and the currency most frequently used to purchase these products “off the grid,” so to speak. The film also looks at the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of being ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ — the founder of Silk Road.

The first iteration of Silk Road was taken down by Federal authorities late last year, but subsequent versions of the service have since sprouted on the Deep Web.

[blockquote style=”2″]Deep Web will feature exclusive interviews with the chief architects of both the Silk Road and the new black markets, as well as exclusive interviews with Lyn Ulbricht, Ross Ubricht’s mother, in her first film interview on her son’s arrest, and Joshua Dratel, Ubricht ’s defense attorney. Other interviewees include Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, and Andrew Lewman, the Executive Director of Tor, a suite of tools that allows users to access content on the Internet anonymously.[/blockquote]

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EPIX views will be able to watch the premiere on television, on-demand, on the web, and on the slew of devices that are capable of accessing EPIX’s services.

“Deep Web is a provocative, illuminating look into an online world that is hiding in plain sight, and we’re thrilled to present its World Premiere,” says EPIX President & CEO Mark Greenberg. “The film takes viewers on a revelatory journey exploring the secrets of Bitcoin, Silk Road, and other of the Deep Web’s many mysteries.”

(Fun fact: Seth Gordon is an Executive Producer, and he’s worked on titles like Horrible BossesIdentity Thief, and more.)

“We could not be more thrilled to have EPIX presenting this vital film to their wide-reaching audience,” remarked  producer Marc Schiller. “Although portrayed as a novel innovation populated by hackers and techno-geeks, we look forward to sharing how Bitcoin, Silk Road and the Deep Web have a much richer history with stakes considerably more grave than the conventional media has reported.”

Director Alex Winter adds, “The Deep Web embodies some of the most significant and impactful issues of our time, yet it is largely misrepresented and misunderstood.”

“We are excited to be working with EPIX to bring this extraordinary story to light.”

If you’re the type that enjoys consuming bitcoin-related media, you may be interested to learn that there’s a new documentary out on the topic called Bitcoin: Buenos Aires.

Produced by TheProtocol.TV, the film takes a look at the development of bitcoin in Argentina — a country suffering from a devaluing currency in the amount of about thirty percent annually.

Here’s an official description of the film from the website:

[blockquote style=”2″]Filmed over three days at the beginning of July in Argentina, “Bitcoin: Buenos Aires” provides a never before seen glimpse into the heart of the preeminent Bitcoin development center in the world. Set to the backdrop of Argentina’s looming sovereign default, award-winning filmmaker Valerian Bennett meets with some of the leading voices in the local community (Bitcoin Embassy, BitPay, BitPagos, Bitex.la) and uncovers what makes Buenos Aires undeniably unique in the Bitcoin universe.[/blockquote]

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Here’s the thing: it’s not free. You can watch the first two minutes in the clip above from YouTube, but the full film runs a bit longer.

If paying with bitcoin, a copy of the film will run you at $2. If paying by legacy methods such as credit/debit/PayPal, you’re looking at paying $3.

But there’s also a “choose your price” method of obtaining the film, in which TheProtocol.TV provides a torrent link and allows the consumer to determine how much they think the film is worth.

For more information on the movie, follow this link.

The highly-anticipated bitcoin documentary The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin has been discussed time and time again on social media, and yet, most people haven’t seen it.

It’s been screened privately on several occasions, but bitcoin fans can take comfort in knowing that the film is just about ready to make a public release early next month.

You can get to viewing the documentary beginning on the 10th of October, and it will be available for $12.99 (payable via iTunes, Bitcoin, and even by credit card).

Just in case you’ve missed news items related to the documentary, here’s the official description/plot:

[blockquote style=”2″]Daniel is a 35 year old computer programmer from Pittsburgh who lives a busy life. Along with balancing work, his marriage, and raising his three boys, Daniel spends much of his time actively involved in all things Bitcoin. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the crypto-currency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore. Join us as we take a journey through the rapidly growing world of Bitcoin. Along the way, we’ll follow the stories of entrepreneurs and start-ups that are helping shape the new financial frontier. We’ll look at the competitive mining market and the various subcultures within the Bitcoin community. You’ll encounter a variety of characters and opinions as we examine the social and political impact of an open-source digital currency. Will the rise of Bitcoin bring a monetary paradigm shift that will forever change the world?[/blockquote]

One of the biggest complaints with the film is that many now consider it to be outdated, given it was filmed quite a while ago at this point. Based on what we’ve seen, though, it does feature interviews with some notable people in the community, which may make it worth a watch.

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The film made it to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and ran into some issues with distribution, but it would seem as if things are on track for release.

Apparently, you can even pre-order the film on iTunes.

What do you think? Is The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin still relevant? Or is it just an outdated work at this point in time?

With The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) slated to get underway in the very near future, the folks at the Conference announced today that their very own kick-off party will be taking place at the House of Blues in Chicago on the 18th of July.

At the party, Nicholas Mross’s The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin will be screened much to the delight of the attendees. Do to ongoing distribution matters, the film has not yet made its way into the living rooms of bitcoin enthusiasts, however.

TNABC says:

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin was an official selection at the Tribeca Film festival. The screening at the House of Blues will be the second ever, and the first screening of the final film. The producers are thrilled to present the film to the Bitcoin community first. Where better than at TNABC? Nicholas Mross and the film’s producers will join us at the House of Blues for the screening; so don’t miss your chance to meet these talented filmmakers.

Should be an overall interesting event, we think.

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TNABC says that in addition to the screening of the film, there will also be a live concert that is expected to take place. That and guest speakers and other “surprises” that you can only expect to see if you’re in attendance.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with the House of Blues for this event. The support of major venues such as the House of Blues shines a light on Bitcoin and gives us mainstream exposure,” Monday’s announcement reads.

If you’re attending the conference, doors open at 6:30 pm, and the film screening begins at 7:30 pm.

There’s been a whole lot of buzz in the bitcoin community surrounding the release of The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, a documentary that chronicles the bitcoin digital currency.

Featuring interviews with well-known entities in the bitcoin community, the film is by far, the most in-depth feature on bitcoin, and judging by the official trailer, it looks to be a great experience.

“The film tells the story of Bitcoin, a revolutionary technology that’s changing the game of how money works. It takes you on a journey of how it all started and how it boomed, and highlights some of the early entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in the space that helped paved the way,” said Nicholas Mross, the director of the film.

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He explained to NEWSBTC how the film came to be:

“It started as a much smaller documentary that was going be a more informative piece. My brother Dan was a bitcoin miner and I started to document his personal story and interest in Bitcoin. Then all of a sudden Bitcoin really took off and we decided to expand the film and turn it into a much bigger project.”

“The end goal of the film is to tell the compelling story of Bitcoin while educating the audience along the way.”

Based on what you’ve seen, is it worth the watch? Are you the target audience? Chances are, if you’re reading this website, then yes.

“Our target audience is both Bitcoin enthusiasts and those not familiar with Bitcoin. We’re hoping the film is strikes the right balance in being interesting to both,” Mross said.

I have not personally seen the film, nor am I able to attend the premiere, but it all goes down Wednesday evening (April 23rd) at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The film will be starting at 5:30PM at SVA Theatre 2 in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Following the film, a question and answer panel will be held with Nicholas Mross, his brother (the film’s inspiration and protagonist), former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem (who’s getting a bit of a break from his house arrest), and another undisclosed panelist.

Alas, it remains unclear just when you will be able to watch the film from the comfort of your own home, though.

“We’re hoping the film gets picked up after its run at Tribeca,” said Nicholas Mross. “We would love to get the film out there in a timely fashion for the world to see.”

“We don’t know yet how it will be released, but there very well could be an online release associated with it.”

The official trailer for the highly-anticipated bitcoin documentary entitled The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin has made its debut today, not terribly long after the community has had a sneak peak of the film.

If you haven’t heard about the documentary, it features a number of early adopters, of which include Gavin Andresen and Daniel Mross (the older brother of the maker of the film, Nicholas Mross).

Notable entities in the community make an appearance, including former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, Charlie Shrem, Erik Voorhees. The Winklevoss twins — Cameron and Tyler — also take part.

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The full film makes its debut next week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City next Wednesday (April 23rd). The showing will begin at 5:30 PM at SVA Theater 2.

Following the event, the Mross brothers will be doing a question and answer session with the audience. For more information, visit the film’s official homepage.

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A major financial news network here in the United States has debuted a short documentary chronicling bitcoin’s start and explosive growth over the past several years.

CNBC’s Mary Thompson enters the world of mostly-male bitcoiners in this 26-minute film. According to Bitcoin Magazine, Thompson’s producer, Karina Frayter, made the decision to make a half-hour news-piece after deciding that a one minute story would be simply too difficult, given bitcoin’s history.

One of the main points here is that the documentary covers both sides of bitcoin — the good and the bad.

While some say that bitcoin is the next big things, others (particularly those unfamiliar with digital currency) remain dubious.

Instead of recapping the film, you can see it for yourself by following this link.

The film is only available online — given bitcoin’s nature, and so far as we’re aware, will not be airing on television.

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The folks over at SQ1.tv (which is pronounced as square one — an online television network) released their bitcoin documentary entitled The Bitcoin Phenomenon on Tuesday months in advance of the originally-planned June 2014 debut.

“We were working on our Bitcoin story as a part of SQ1.tv’s launch in June. Based on the news cycle, the story was too timely for us not to release it immediately,” said Bhu Srinivasan, SQ1.tv’s founder. “Our story dives into the politics of Bitcoin: The conflict we saw pits the early adopters with highly libertarian leanings vs. the VCs and entrepreneurs that are eager to embrace government regulation.”

The film, 35-minutes in length, is free to view (embedded above) and takes a look at the founding of bitcoin, how bitcoin came to gain value, early-adoption, and the journey of bitcoin into mainstream.

“We were able to get very candid perspectives on this war within Bitcoin. It’s the Wall Street/Silicon Valley establishment vs. the movement. We got very lucky. We didn’t realize when we were filming just how relevant our story was going to be. This is the central story of Bitcoin in 2014,” said Srinivasan.

The film features interviews with well-known entities in the bitcoin community: Gavin Andresen, Peter Vessenes, Erik Voorhees, Trace Mayer, Jeremy Liew, Fred Ehrsam, and Angela Keaton.

“Bitcoin touches technology, mathematics, politics, economics, the CIA, the NSA, drugs, gambling, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, along with an unknown founder that inspires cultish reverence…rarely does a phenomenon touch so many topics,” said Srinivasan. “The politics are by far the most important and interesting aspect of Bitcoin.”

For SQ1.tv subscribers (they accept bitcoin), the film comes along with 2 hours of extended interviews. Ten bonus segments are also available.

For more information, visit the SQ1.tv homepage.