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For the first 90 days of our marriage, we are vowing to only use bitcoin. Food, fuel, rent… every necessity without using US dollars.

You can also back this film in bitcoin at LifeOnBitcoin.com 

See What the Press Say: 

DailyMail.co.uk — “[the] Bitcoin Newlyweds”

Bloomberg TV — "it is a brave new world" 

FastCompany — "It’s debatably possible to live on Bitcoin in tech-heavy cities like New York and San Francisco. But Provo, Utah?"

PandoDaily — “It’s an ambitious project with more unknowns than knowns.”

ABC4 — “The fact most people don't know about Bitcoin or actual accept it, provides some challenges.”

Memeburn — "This is pretty interesting... [it] recalls some early experiments in the 1990s and early 2000s where people tried to survive only on stuff they could buy online."

Deseret News — “Can a soon-to-be married couple live their first 90 days of wedded bliss using virtual currency? That's what Austin Craig and Beccy Bingham want to find out.“

UPDATE: We started this project because our team has the experience and the talent to make an incredible film that bridges the gap between bitcoin community and the real world. This is NOT some stunt to provide for our living. All of the Kickstarter funds are going to be used to produce a beautiful feature length film that will be entered into film festivals and possibly even in theaters.  Beccy and I both have very successful professional lives and we have absolutely no need to live on bitcoin or get a “free vacation”. We even risk loosing our jobs if our employers refuse to pay us in bitcoin. 

Can a newly married couple survive when every living necessity can only be purchased with "cryptocurrency"? 

Right now, you can buy anything online from soap to illegal drugs with bitcoin—you can date online, setup a Wordpress blog, buy bee-keeping equipment, or even buy gold. It's come a long way, but could you survive using just bitcoin in the REAL world? We're going to find out! (what is bitcoin?)

When we get off the plane after our honeymoon, the adventure begins. We will hand our credit cards, cell phones, and cash over to the film crew and from then on, for at least the next three months, we will ONLY USE BITCOIN. Period. We have posted our living rules publicly so that you can be 100% certain we will live by them. 

To see how far this experiment can go, we've established some goals, with each level taking the project further.

1 - Live on Bitcoin at Home

The baseline for our project and documentary is for everyday necessities to be found and bought using bitcoin. That includes:

  • Furniture
  • Groceries
  • Cell phone
  • Internet
  • Rent
  • Restaurants
  • Medical
  • Life Insurance
  • Everything else we might need, from chewing gum to a plumber

This also means no cutting corners. If we need anything, there's only one way we buy it: bitcoin.

2 - Get Paid in Bitcoin

As creative professionals, we often freelance projects for a variety of clients. We'll find out if our clients are willing to make the jump to paying in bitcoin, just as we'll pay anybody we hire with bitcoin.

3 - Road Trip

We think the project will get even more interesting if we leave home, away from supportive friends and family. When we're buying from complete strangers, will bitcoin keep us from starving or being stranded?

We'll try to do the following: 

  • Buy a reliable but cheap car with bitcoin
  • Travel at least 600 miles each way
  • Pay for gas (even if we have to barter with farmers)
  • Find car insurance
  • Stay in hotels (or camp if we can't find hotels)

4 - Travel to Another Country

We want to see how far our life on bitcoin can go, literally and figuratively. We'll travel to another country where enough businesses and individuals have shown support for bitcoin. If you own a small business and are willing to accept bitcoin, go to LifeonBitcoin.com/Local and tell us! 

5 - Cross an Ocean

If we reach our top stretch goal of $150,000 to cover the costs of the filmmakers, so that they can accompany us and document every mile traveled, we'll find a way across an ocean, whether by boat or by plane. Bitcoin is a global movement with enthusiasts and entrepreneurs all over the world. We are ready to come see you!

Other Documentary Goals

This documentary will be interwoven with some of the rich and intriguing history surrounding bitcoin. Our vlogs and other social media content will feature interviews with leading personalities in the world of bitcoin, and with skeptics of this nascent digital currency. There will be business owners and all kinds of interesting characters as we navigate these unchartered waters. 

"Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?" t-shirt. Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonymous and mysterious person(s) who invented bitcoin. No one knows who this genius really is and many have tried to find out. However, we do know this: if it were not for the brilliant coding of Satoshi Nakamoto, we would not be attempting this effort to make our own mark on the world with this documentary - living Life on Bitcoin. The artwork is our exclusive design to celebrate the genius of Satoshi Nakamoto and our film logo is above the lower hem. 

T-shirt description: Brand: District Made. Super soft and super fine 4.3 oz ring spun cotton fabric with a great fit. 

This project asks the simple question, "Can we live on only bitcoin?" The simple answer is, if almost everyone accepted it, of course we could live on it. Choose our "Bitcoin Accepted Here" t-shirt and show your friends you are paving the way. The artwork uses our own take on the open source bitcoin payment button combined with our documentary logo. 

T-shirt description: Brand: District Made. Super soft and super fine 4.3 oz ring spun combed cotton fabric with a great fit. We know you'll love it!

Our official film logo shirt. Help us spread the word!

T-shirt description: Brand: District Made. Super soft and super fine 4.3 oz ring spun combed cotton fabric with a great fit.

This is our favorite. We call it "Satoshi's Genius." Every one on our team wants one. This t-shirt features a detailed all over print with a large bitcoin symbol. It is done with careful typography in a letterpress style with the text of Satoshi Nakamoto's revolutionary paper which conceived the concept of bitcoin. 

T-shirt description: Brand: District Made. Super soft and super fine 4.3 oz ring spun combed cotton fabric with a great fit.  

SIGNED FILM POSTER

Final poster will have film information in the lower part in the typical "movie poster style."

As we film this documentary we're going to need the help of independent businesses. Without merchants to sell us the living necessities, there's no way we'll succeed. Gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, car rental shops, taxis, attorneys, doctors, travel agents, dentists, hotels... if you own a small business and you'd be willing to take bitcoin, submit your business to us at LifeOnBitcoin.com/Local so we can come find you.

Thankfully, we are not doing this whole project alone. We have a very talented and experienced team working on this project with us. 

BECCY BINGHAM AND AUSTIN CRAIG

Beccy is a brilliant graphic designer and Austin is professional pitchman and the face of Orabrush, a project that Wired Magazine said "reinvented the infomercial [for YouTube]" (Orabrush has had over 65 million views on YouTube and is one of the top branded YouTube channels on the Internet.)

FILMING - JOE LEBARON AND TRAVIS PITCHER

They are in high demand, but for this project, Joe and Travis will put other productions at THE GOOD LINE on hold. They'll follow our every step while we live on bitcoin, plus they'll work for months after we're done to get the film finished and do post production. Take a look at some of their fantastic work, and you'll see why we wanted them on the project.

PREVIOUS WORK BY THE GOOD LINE:

THE HARMON BROTHERS

ADMIN - THERON

The whole idea for this experiment and the documentary started with Theron. He's led the charge in recruiting the team. Theron contributed multiple creative components to the campaign including the giant bitcoin. Theron has a background in business management and promotion. Theron's primary role will be behind the scenes producing rewards (t-shirts, posters, DVDs), shipping, filtering press calls, coordinating events, running the back office, and contacting sponsors so we can spread the word.

MARKETING - JEFFREY

Jeffrey is a founder at Orabrush Inc. Last year he launched a successful crowdfunding project that raised over $62k on Indiegogo, followed by another $1 million in preorders for Orapup before launch. Jeffrey is leading our marketing efforts and is involved with every aspect of the crowdfunding process. 

DESIGN - DANIEL

Daniel works to keep our design clean, consistent and inspiring. Currently an Art Director with Orabrush, and with prior stints with VSA Partners and DDB Chicago, Daniel's skills range from video production to copy writing and design concepting. 

TECH - CONNOR BOYACK

Connor is building our website and securing it to make sure our servers don't crash when we get hit by large amounts of traffic. Connor has been a web developer for over 15 years and has worked on several high profile libertarian projects and websites. He is the founder of Libertas Institute, a free market public policy institute in Utah. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One major risk is the possibility of an effort by the United States government to make bitcoin illegal or severely limit it. In the event there is a major executive or legislative action against bitcoin, we may be unable to fulfill our 90-day pledge. If this happens, we will still continue and complete the documentary, and we will reposition the film to explore the changing events and the government's actions.

The quality of the documentary film will depend on how much we raise. If we only raise our min goal of $70k, we will still deliver a quality film. However, it will take place primarily, if not exclusively in Utah. This will limit the scope of the film and our experiences. If we raise a much larger sum, we will be able to purchase a very high quality soundtrack, and we will be able to shoot out-of-state locations. If we raise $150k we will take this all the way, attempting all of our objectives including going to another country. It will be glorious!

EXCEPTIONS:

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Our film crew will be carrying cash in the case of a life threatening or serious medical emergency. We will make concerted attempts to purchase health insurance and auto insurance with bitcoin and to pay medical providers with bitcoin, should that need arise. However, we will not go uninsured if this proves impossible.

GOVERNMENT: We will not be able to pay taxes or other government fees, such as a parking ticket or a fee associated with a government form with bitcoin. We likely have to pay these fees in the countries' currency.

FAQ

  • NO.

    A lot of people are misunderstanding what this project is about. The Kickstarter funds are going to fund a professional crew to film the feature length documentary. Beccy and I both have very successful professional lives. We have absolutely no need to live on bitcoin or get a free vacation. We will continue our day jobs. Taking on this documentary was a hard decision for us. We’re adding a a lot of work to our already busy lives. Good documentary films cost money, for filming, editing, expensive gear, and more. We’re doing this Kickstarter project to fund the film crew that will follow us for 3 months, then edit for months more making a professional documentary film.

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  • Rules

    1. Kickstarter funds will be used for production costs, filmmakers, post production, Kickstarter's 5% commission, the credit card transaction fees and the cost of the rewards. Kickstarter funds are not being used for our living expenses!

    2. Credit cards, debit cards, and cash will all be confiscated at the airport upon returning from our honeymoon and arrival in Utah. Cell phones will also be revoked. New cell phones and minutes will need to be purchase with bitcoin.

    3. All transactions for the following 90 days will be accomplished using bitcoin as the medium of exchange. Exceptions include taxes and medical emergencies.

    4. Beccy and Austin will minimize participants in any transaction, ultimately reducing the parties to the bare minimum of buyer, seller, and the blockchain verification.

    5. All attempts at direct exchange will be made. Intermediaries are permitted only after attempts for direct exchange have been thoroughly exhausted.

    6. Friends and family will not be party to exchanges, unless they have commercial businesses, with which Beccy and Austin can exchange.

    7. If we sell stuff or do contract work, we will need to be paid in bitcoin. Every attempt will be made to receive payments in bitcoin for any goods sold or services rendered.

    8. The experiment will progress in a “bigger and better” style, finding the practical limits of bitcoin as a currency. If Beccy and Austin can accomplish a task easily, they then will accomplish the same kind of task at a larger scale. If they can travel to Salt Lake City with ease, can they travel to another state? Or another country? If they can order food at home with ease, can they get food at a restaurant just as easily? Can they get fresh produce?

    9. All relevant experiences and learning will be shared across social media platforms, including at least a daily YouTube vlog, facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram photos, and expense logs.

    EXEMPTIONS: Taxes, emergency medical expenses, existing debts such as student loan payments or credit card payments.

    Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

    Please tell all your friends about the project and invite them to back Life On Bitcoin. This will be a great film!

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    BITCOIN CHAMPION: T-Shirt #3 ============================== This t-shirt depicts our official film logo. Help us get the word out. Available in 1 of 3 colors in Men's and Women's styles and in your size. See the design at left. This reward includes your name in the credits and on the Backers Wall. It also includes the exclusive online screening and the DRM-free download of the documentary (the film will deliver in 2014; the t-shirt will deliver in September 2013).

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    BITCOIN CHAMPION: T-Shirt #4 ============================== Choose the "Satoshi's Genius" design and wear every word and number of Satoshi's remarkable paper. Available in unisex white with an awesome all-over print design and in your size. This reward includes your name in the credits and on the Backers Wall. It also includes the exclusive online screening and the DRM Free download of the documentary (the film will deliver in 2014; the t-shirt will deliver in September 2013).

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    BITCOIN PROMOTER ============================== Receive a film poster signed by Austin, Beccy, Travis and Joe. Our working photograph for the poster is pictured at left. This reward includes your name in the credits and on the Backers Wall. It also includes the exclusive online screening and the DRM-free download of the documentary. Poster measures 27" x 40" which is the standard movie poster format.

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    BITCOIN FILM LOVER ============================== Multiple sessions will be scheduled in the month of September. Receive the signed movie poster, the signed DVD or Blu-ray and an invitation to a 90 minute Google Hangout with either Austin and Beccy or Travis and Joseph. These will be intimate, in-depth sessions and will take place while the film is being shot. Our team will give behind-the-scenes scoops and will be ready to answer your questions about film-making, cameras, cool bitcoin tips and other great stuff. Attendance will be limited to 10 per session. Multiple sessions will be scheduled, so you can make sure to fit one to your schedule. You will also receive the film DRM-free download, the invitation to the private online screening event, and your name on the Backers Wall and in the film credits. (The higher international shipping is for the poster.)

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    BITCOIN NETWORKER - BAY AREA ============================== Receive two tickets to a private screening of the finished film and special networking event, with Austin and Beccy and members of our crew, in the San Francisco Bay Area. This package includes your choice of a t-shirt or the film poster at the event. We will also ship a signed copy of the finished Blu-ray or DVD, and you will receive your name on the Backers Wall and in the film credits, and the DRM-free download of the finished film. (Travel costs not included.)

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    BITCOIN NETWORKER - NYC ============================== Receive two tickets to a private screening of the finished film and special networking event, with Austin and Beccy and members of our crew, in New York City. This package includes your choice of a t-shirt or the film poster at the event. We will also ship a signed copy of the finished Blu-ray or DVD, and you will receive your name on the Backers Wall and in the film credits, and the DRM-free download of the finished film. (Travel costs not included.)

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    BITCOIN EVANGELIST ============================== 10 copies of Life On Bitcoin on region-free Blu-ray or DVD (one of them will be signed) to give as gifts and share the energy of the world of bitcoin with all your friends, plus your choice of one of our t-shirt designs. Reward includes DRM-free digital download of the film and your name on the Backers Wall and in the credits.

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    BITCOIN CREATOR ============================== Invitation to sit in on a 2-3 hour writer's room meeting with Austin and Beccy, and with the filmmakers as they plan exciting adventures to film. You can contribute your ideas. You can participate in this meeting via web video chat or in-person in Salt Lake City, UT. If you choose to visit us in Salt Lake City, we will take you to lunch with us. This package includes your choice of t-shirt, the special online screening, and the film poster. We will also ship a signed copy of the region-free Blu-ray or DVD, and you will receive your name on the Backers Wall and in the film credits, and the DRM-free download of the finished film. (Travel costs not included.)

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    LIFE ON BITCOIN DOCUMENTARY PATRON-PRODUCER AND EDUCATOR ============================== Co-producer credit at the end of the documentary film. This backer level is an opportunity for you to help educate the younger generation about the fascinating world of crypto-currency. Austin and Beccy will meet with students from at least five high schools. They will speak to them about bitcoin and entrepreneurship, and they will show them the film. You will be a title sponsor of this effort. Reward includes 1 of each of our t-shirts, and both posters. Finally, if we are accepted into a film festival, we will provide you and a companion with two tickets. (Travel costs not included.)

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    LIFE ON BITCOIN DOCUMENTARY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ============================== Executive Producer credit at the end of the documentary film. We will work with you to put your logo in the credits as a series sponsor, as well as feature your brand on the website and the vlog series. Please message us first if you're considering this reward so that we can approve the branding. We are also happy to conduct an interview with you about your interest and experience with bitcoin. This may become part of the film, but will certainly be available in our vlog and DVD extras. Reward will also include a large custom milled wood bitcoin wall hanging similar to the one in the Kickstarter video. Reward also includes dinner with the cast and film-makers, 1 of each of our t-shirts, and the poster. Finally, if we are accepted into a film festival, we will provide you and a companion with two tickets. (Travel costs not included.)

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    SUPER BACKER REWARDS: ============================== These are privately negotiated rewards for bitcoin pioneers and documentary film lovers. We will custom build the reward contents and name the reward in your honor. Contact us directly to discuss this project and what you have in mind.

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    SUPER BACKER: SUZY BATIZ ============================== Suzy negotiated a top secret reward with us personally. We want to thank her for her generosity by giving her an eternal placeholder on the Life On Bitcoin Kickstarter page and on our website! ============================== ABOUT SUZY: Suzy is a serial entreprenuer from Texas. She founded the multi-million dollar brand Poo~Pourri (Poopourri.com) with a mission to make everyones poop smell good when we use the toilet—it is a noble quest. Suzy started a charitable foundation to fight hunger called "Poo~Pourri Gives a Crap." She loves film and funded Life On Bitcoin because she believes in crazy ideas that can change the world for the better.

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