Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain, a new documentary written and directed by Alex Winter, was presented this October 26th in New York. The 84-minute film outlines Bitcoin’s story and the potential of blockchain technology, including producers Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys.
@Trust_Machine premieres in NYC at @cinema_village , 10/26 and in LA at @Laemmle, 11/16. I'll be at select screenings.
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— Alex Winter (@Winter) October 24, 2018
An invitation to the general public
Critics have pointed out that the documentary is useful and suitable for people who are not familiar with blockchain technology. Ben Kenigsberg, a film critic for the New York Times, described the film as a valuable didactic aid:
“A hodgepodge of boosterish arguments for blockchain technology, ‘Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain,’ directed by Alex Winter (Bill of ‘Bill & Ted’ fame), is not always a model of clarity, but it does a decent job of explaining the basic concept“.
The film, however, goes far beyond describing blockchain’s potential to disintermediate transactions. Kenigsberg explains that the film shows how “thanks to blockchain, neighbors in Brooklyn can trade solar electricity; how the technology might provide records for stateless refugees; and how it offers a way for fans to buy equity in an artist they like, without the middle men who come with sales on the internet“.
The documentary also describes the main reason why most people dive into the industry – the hope of getting rich.
The Hollywood Reporter who reviewed the film, in fact, explained:
“Still, for most people in the world right now, the most exciting thing about blockchain is the prospect of making a fortune overnight. In its closing scenes, the film’s narration acknowledges how attractive this field is to scammers and speculators”.