Deep Web to Surface via Film Kickstarter Campaign

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From Marc Schiller: I hope you will join our Kickstarter campaign to help fund our new documentary, Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road. This is not just a tech movie, but an examination of a significant moment in cultural history that will shape our future. Here’s an article from Mashable.com about it:


Deep Web Film Will Go Inside the World of Bitcoin, Silk Road and Beyond
by Fran Berkman
Mashable.com
November 20, 2013

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There’s a shadowy corner of the Internet where real names give way to aliases, and “.com” is conspicuously scarce. In this space, privacy and anonymity are dogma, and government-imposed laws draw scoffs more than reverence.

The “deep web,” as it’s known, is where users ranging from do-gooders to cybercriminals employ cutting-edge technology to mask their identities and interact with others around the globe. As you might expect, not many camera crews are allowed meaningful inside access to this world. Despite these challenges, director and producer Alex Winter said he is shooting interviews for a feature-length documentary he plans to call Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road.

“The film is about linking all of these people who exist unseen on the web, who are connected technologically and philosophically The film is about linking all of these people who exist unseen on the web, who are connected technologically and philosophically,” Winter told Mashable. “The movie is about, essentially, the cultural implications of having a massive global community online that’s doing good things, bad things and things in between, that’s out of reach of the law and is not public.”

Winter is perhaps best known for his leading role alongside Keanu Reeves in the 1989 cult classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991 sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. More recently, Winter directed Downloaded, a documentary on Napster and the advent of digital file sharing, which debuted in March at South by Southwest.

For the deep web film, Winter is teaming up with co-producers Glen Zipper and Marc Schiller. Zipper’s 2011 feature Undefeated won an Academy Award for best documentary…

…Winter and his team launched a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter for the film Wednesday, though not out of financial necessity. He said the goal of the campaign is to build a strong community of people to be invested and involved throughout the filmmaking process.

Read the rest of this article here.