Most of us have heard of Bitcoin. Few of us understand what makes it tick. The open blockchain technology behind Bitcoin is changing the world, however the ideas driving these changes aren’t the easiest to understand. Decentralized will be a cinematic educational film that aims to use the power of storytelling to help viewers wrap their heads around this exciting new digital landscape. Our goal is to increase objective awareness and decrease FUD through an entertaining alternative method of learning.
Decentralized won’t be a documentary, but rather a fiction film that weaves educational material into a traditionally crafted narrative. The story follows a young economics professor named Ken who receives a posthumous request from a recently deceased colleague tasking him with the distribution of five hardware wallets containing a small fortune in cryptocurrencies. In the process of personally delivering the wallets Ken learns a great deal from the recipients about Bitcoin and blockchain technology. The experience makes it clear that the world is adapting to new concepts of digital currency, forcing Ken to question his preferred economic theories as well as his reluctance to change. Audiences learn alongside the curious yet stubborn professor as he studies this exciting new technology with a healthy eye of skepticism.
This quick pitch video will take you on a stroll through The Satoshi Sculpture Garden where all of the artwork is inspired by blockchain technology. Note that although this video is experimental, Decentralized will be made in a more traditional narrative style with a higher production value.
In addition you can watch an extended experimental short film version which was featured in Filmmaker Magazine.
Our team is passionate about decentralized technologies and the story we’re trying to tell.
CHRISTOPHER ARCELLA (WRITER/DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER)
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Christopher earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Virginia Tech College of Architecture where he worked as an assistant to the director of the Virginia Tech Multimedia Lab. Following graduation he gained experience as a designer at IDEO San Francisco and Blu Dot before running an interaction design studio called RUNROBOTS. During this time Christopher built his writing and directing skills by making many of his own movies and working part time at the office of independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Over the years he has consistently maintained this balance between writer, director and designer resulting in a versatile creative process.
ALAN WEBBER (CO-PRODUCER)
Alan Webber grew up in rural northeast Iowa. He obtained his master’s degree at New School University, while working for director, Hal Hartley. He’s also worked as a producer and distribution manager for other filmmakers such as Jessica Oreck and Nathan Silver. Alan has made numerous short films, world travel videos and music videos and has written several feature-length screenplays. He’s also the founder of the critically acclaimed Rural Route Film Festival which is known for highlighting unique stories about overlooked people and cultures outside of the mainstream.
AMARI CHEATOM (LEAD)
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Amari Cheatom is a graduate of The Juilliard School. His film and television projects include: Newlyweeds (Sundance Film Festival), Night Catches Us (Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films), Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Relaxer (SXSW Film Festival), The Alchemist’s Cookbook (SXSW Film Festival), Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq.
The score for Decentralized will be created by the London-based electronic music duo Plaid, otherwise known as Andy Turner and Ed Handley. Plaid are seasoned film composers who have created original scores for a variety of film and television projects. They’ve also released a number of full length albums and one soundtrack through the renown music label Warp Records.
To help us achieve our vision, Decentralized is collaborating with respected projects in the crypto space. A few of our collaborations are listed below, more will be announced soon. Get in touch for details on how to participate.