New Crypto Film ‘Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain’ Set to Release in October


Trust Machine: Another Crypto Focused Hollywood Looks to Tell the Story of Blockchain

Cinema is the lie we want to be true. As more and more of the world hears about Bitcoin, there is a natural curiosity about its underlying infrastructure that its built on. What better way to learn about it than a Hollywood styled documentary.

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain, is a technology-based documentary set to release today, 26th of October. This Alex Winter film chronicles the rise and influence of cryptocurrency and blockchain in today's world while steering clear of the controversy with its price and alleged use for nefarious purposes. It has been co-produced by Singularity, Trouper Productions and Futurism Studios.

The director, who is better known for his role in the cult classic “Bill & Ted” movies, has silently built a repertoire of films focusing on technology. His previous outings involved one called “Downloaded”, made in 2013 about the Napster file-sharing service and the other “The Deep Web”, 2015, about the Silk Road marketplace.

What is It All About

This movie highlights how blockchain proponents are using technology to change the world. It discusses the potentially profound implications it has, especially to the “unbanked” refugees, as well as other individuals who have no direct access to more traditional financial services.

“I’m not a mathematician, or a cryptographer or a coder. I’m old enough to have totally come from the analog world, but became very involved and interested in the internet and technology in the ’80s.” Alex said.

“I came to know a lot of people in that space like the cypherpunk community going back to the ’60s and ’70s, who had been trying to solve the problem that Satoshi, whoever Satoshi is, solved. I understood what the problem and solution were before I understood it as this thing called blockchain.”

The documentary also focuses on Lauri Love, a British hacktivist and blockchain expert and his struggles against extradition. He had been accused of hacking sensitive data of NASA, the U.S. Army, and the Missile Defense Agency.

The director said he likes to make films about people and technology.

“I think it creates a human face of the technological era we’re in, which is very paradoxical,” he explained further. “Lauri is brilliant, he’s contradictory, he’s contentious, he’s not an easy pill to swallow. You may not like him — it’s a question of how you respond to someone like that.”

Passing Fad or Genuine Curiosity

It is hard to say if Hollywood is really interested in the topic. Apart from the other works of Alex, Kurt Russells has a crime thriller called Crypto, which is now in post-production. The story is set against the backdrop of shady cryptocurrency dealings but has an “overall positive message.” Others such as “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” also discuss the impact this technology is likely to have on our daily lives. It will be interesting to see if more films look to explore this technology in a nontraditional format.

In a recent interview, Alex explained his rationale for choosing this topic. He said he was excited by the project because it could track the potential for blockchain and the current moment of “complete hysteria and evangelism and speculation.” In his research, he spoke to many, including Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, venture capitalist Tim Draper, and blockchain journalist Laura Shin.

Hollywood Reporter has called his work “a digestible intro to a potentially world-changing concept.” How much is actually eaten by the general masses is yet to be seen. It is, however, encouraging to see talented individuals take up the cause to clear the name of something that has been besmirched by a select few.

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