About this project
Sure, this is a documentary about the Deep Web, Bitcoin and the Silk Road. But as importantly it's an exploration of a pivotal moment in cultural history. The events that are currently taking place at this juncture of the digital revolution will shape our future.
We are asking you to join the community of our film as we build and launch this ambitious project, and follow us on the journey. We're interviewing some of the greatest and most notorious minds in all areas of this story; hackers, innovators, politicians, free-thinkers, law enforcement and criminals.
THE DEEP WEB
Refers to all unseen, un-indexed and often intentionally hidden web content. The Deep Web accounts for at least 96% of the World Wide Web. 96%! Think about that! What you see when you surf around the web is a fraction of what's actually going on out there. And a lot of what's going on out there is scary stuff!
A peer-to-peer crypto-currency that exists outside the control of governments and banks. In a nutshell this is cyber-money that is spent anonymously. Bitcoin has the potential to create a level of global disruption that will make Napster look like child's play.
An online black market, trading in legal and many illegal products, including all manner of drugs, using encrypted technology to protect the user's anonymity. I think this mind-blowing, disturbing, weirder-than-Sci-Fi service speaks for itself.
In the last ten years, the digital revolution has swept like a brushfire into every corner of modern life. The world we now live in bears little resemblance to even the recent past. And the changes that are coming will disrupt our lives in even greater ways, some good and some harmful. But this tidal wave cannot be stopped, and its path can best be charted by examining the Deep Web; the vast unseen world that lies at the heart of the Internet and is the engine for the entire technological era.
Amazingly, the story of the Deep Web has never been told on film. Until now.
The Deep Web on one level simply represents the 96% of the World Wide Web that is unseen by the average citizen and not indexed by standard search engines. But more significantly, the Deep Web is a movement, a philosophy, a tool for revolution, and its foundation was built long before Napster and the iPod, WikiLeaks, The Arab Spring and the revelations of widespread NSA surveillance.
It is a long and winding road that has brought us to today's landscape of crypto-currency, Internet-fueled revolution and dangerous online black markets. And to explore this world is to better understand the full implications of where we now find ourselves and what may be the best way forward.
Thom Zimny - (Consulting Producer)
And YOU if you sign on to our Kickstarter and join the Deep Web movie community!
SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED BILL AND TED CEREAL BOX! ONLY ONE TO BE GIVEN!: This cereal box was only for sale for a limited time and is extremely rare. I only have one of these to give away!
DEEP WEB BUNDLE! BOTH BILL & TED SCRIPTS: A bundle of both Bill & Ted scripts signed and personalized by me! DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: Receive a series of DRM free digital downloads as we shoot the film. And when the film is ready for release, you will receive a digital download of the movie itself, with special bonus content. 'DOWNLOADED' INCLUDED: Also receive a DRM free digital copy of my last doc 'Downloaded: The Rise and Fall of Napster' SKYPE CALL: You and I will do a personal one-on-one Skype call to talk about anything you want - DEEP WEB, Napster, Bill & Ted's! THANK-YOU IN THE CREDITS: And the cherry on your sundae is your name in the end credits of the movie!
AUTOGRAPHED 'BILL & TED' SCREENPLAY PLUS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THIS DOCUMENTARY: I'll send you both a personally autographed copy of my production screenplay for 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' AND a DRM free digital download of the documentary when it's complete.
NEW REWARD FOR THANKSGIVING: I'll send you a personally autographed copy of my production screenplay for 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey' (Originally titled "Bill & Ted Go To Hell." This version of the script has different scenes and dialogue than the finished film and is unavailable anywhere for sale.
New Reward Posted 11/24/13: You asked for it. Here they are. For $120, I will personally sign three rarely seen publicity stills from Freaked, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Lost Boys.
New Reward Posted 11/22/13: MOST OUTSTANDING BILL AND TED'S SCREENING PARTY: You wanted it. We're going to do it! For $200, I will invite you to special screening at a SoHo apartment in New York City on Saturday, January 4th where we will watch Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure together.
For $75, I will send you a one-off Downloaded poster from its screening at the Awesome Fest in Philadelphia. When these are gone, there are no more! ***Thanks to the Awesome Josh Goldbloom
For $65 I'll send you a personally autographed copy of my production screenplay for 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'. This version of the script has different names, scenes and dialogue than the finished film and is unavailable anywhere for sale.
Autographed original transcripts from the Downloaded documentary interviews. Insider information that didn't make it into the finished movie!
Watch Alex Winter talk about the DEEP WEB and Bitcoin on CNN here.
Risks and challenges
Narratively, the challenge we face is in tackling a story that is unfolding right now. There is no clear resolution to any of the core narrative threads we are pursuing. And while this is daunting, it is also exciting to us and represents an incredible opportunity to present to audiences a film that will evolve before their eyes in real time.
From a production standpoint, we face the same challenges that always confront documentary filmmakers and filmmakers in general. That being said, we have assembled a production team that has produced and/or worked on such award winning films as Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Undefeated, and Downloaded. We understand what it takes to successfully deliver a documentary and our track record demonstrates a long tradition of success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! We have more cool rewards posting soon. Please message us with any ideas you may have!
We are building a web presence now for our backers to keep an eye on our progress. I'm busy shooting interviews and have to be a little careful how much I divulge, given the sensitive nature of the subject matter. But we will share our progress with our backers!
Since pretty much all of you are asking me this :)
Yes we are working on a new one. Keanu and I and the two original writers, Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson are producing it together. We all hatched a story and Ed and Chris wrote an amazing script. We want it to be just right so we are being painstaking about putting it together. But it is definitely in the works!