Alex Winter, best known as either the director of “Downloaded,” the documentary about Napster, or as Bill from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for “Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road.”
The documentary will be “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,” according to the project’s Kickstarter page. The Silk Road, the online black market — often used to buy drugs and weapons — that protected its user’s privacy using various encryption technologies and used the online currency Bitcoin, was recently infiltrated by federal authorities (see a recent report from Wired magazine here).
In addition to Winter, who will direct/produce, marketing strategist Marc Schiller will produce, along with Glen Zipper (“Undefeated”).
The project is offering some interesting backer rewards. For $30, backers can get a series of DRM free digital downloads during production of the film and a digital download of the film once it is completed.
For $65, you can receive an autographed production screenplay for “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and for $100, you can have a Skype call with Winter to “talk about anything you want – DEEP WEB, Napster, Bill & Ted’s.” The campaign goal is $75,000.
Check out the campaign video below: