The documentary about a couple who live using the digital payment system instead of U.S. money will release on the movie-filtering service.
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LIfe on Bitcoin a documentary about a couple who live using the digital payment system instead of U.S. money, the movie-filtering service that has been butting heads with the major film studios for a few years.
Can a newly married couple survive when every living necessity can only be purchased with ‘cryptocurrency‘? Married less than two weeks, and fresh off their honeymoon, Austin and Beccy Craig embark on an adventure to find out.
The initial filming of the documentary seemed to be a great start, displaying the difficulties of living off cryptocurrency for 100 days. The couple embraced the challenges of finding food, gas stations, lodging, and cell phone activity throughout the voyage.
The first few months of their marriage was initiated by this “surviving off cryptocurrency test.” The Craigs made quite a few headlines in 2013 and also raised $70,000 USD on Kickstarter to produce and release the documentary. In the end, the film team’s squabbles made the production of the project almost a failed attempt.
— Beccy and Austin (@lifeonbitcoin) July 19, 2015
Craig says they didn’t realise how much went into the production of independent films. He says the “project dragged, tensions rose, and the scope sprawled.” The team, Austin explains, dwindled down to only a core few and he alone did not have the skills to complete most of the production. Craig says he feels sorry about the project’s disarray and how the project’s budget was handled — eventually wanting to walk away. However, Austin says,
“But my face and name are all over this project, with thousands of dollars contributed from thousands of backers. As much as I wanted to, I didn’t have the option of walking away.”
At the end of the promotional process, and with a tiny budget remaining, the Life On Bitcoin crew hired an independent editor to complete the film. Eventually, they did finish the movie and the documentary has had
“overwhelmingly positive” reviews, says Craig. He’s proud of the movie but disappointed with how some of the promotion and production processes went down. Craig concludes by saying:
“It’s a great introduction to the subject and it’s world-changing potential. I’m proud of that. It turns out making a movie is just another mile marker, before the monumental task of marketing and distribution for a first-time filmmaker.”
This is an awesome idea, and a fabulous teaser.