DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN AND SILK ROAD
TO MAKE WORLD PREMIERE IN 2015 ON EPIX
EPIX Original Documentary Investigates Tight-knit and Burgeoning Community Beneath the Visible World Wide Web
New York, NY (October 1, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX announced today that the Original Documentary, Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road, will make its World Premiere on the multi-platform service in 2015.
Deep Web tells the behind-the-scenes story of the un-indexed, often intentionally hidden content that accounts for at least 96% of the World Wide Web, focusing on digital currency Bitcoin and online black market Silk Road.
EPIX viewers will be able to watch the premiere and subsequent showings on TV, on demand, online, and on any of the hundreds of digital devices through which the network can be accessed via the EPIX App.
Central to the film are looks at the rise of Bitcoin, the fastest growing currency in the world, which is not controlled by any government, regulating body or financial institution, and the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 26-year-old entrepreneur who is alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder of Silk Road.
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 Ulbricht’s mother, in her first film interview on her son’s arrest, and Joshua Dratel, Ulbricht ’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.
“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,” said 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.”
Alex Winter is the writer, director and producer of Deep Web, with Marc Schiller and Glen Zipper also serving as producers. Winter and Schiller previously worked together on the documentary Downloaded, about the rise and fall of Napster. Zipper’s prior credits include the Academy Award® winning Undefeated and the Grammy Award® winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.
Joining the production are Executive Producer Seth Gordon, Consulting Producer Andy Greenberg, and Editor Dan Swietlik. Gordon is the filmmaker behind Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. He has also served in producing roles on the documentaries Print the Legend, Mitt, Freakonomics and Undefeated. Greenberg is a technology reporter for WIRED, and his book, This Machine Kills Secrets, will serve as source material for the film. Greenberg has had unrivaled access to key Deep Web players, such as Julian Assange, and was the first reporter to interview “Dread Pirate Roberts.” Swietlik is a renowned feature and commercial editor and has collaborated with Michael Moore on Sicko and Davis Guggenheim on An Inconvenient Truth.
“We could not be more thrilled to have EPIX presenting this vital film to their wide-reaching audience,” said 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.”
“The Deep Web embodies some of the most significant and impactful issues of our time, yet it is largely misrepresented and misunderstood,” said Winter. “We are excited to be working with EPIX to bring this extraordinary story to light.”
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