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An IamSatoshi Production

A Film By Tomer Kantor

Titles By:
Louis Chang

Featuring (alphabetically):
Andreas Antonopoulos
Julian Assange
Jessi Baker
Adam Cleary
Matt Corallo
Sven Desai
Kyle Drake
Stephen Early
Mark Edge
Chris Ellis
Rick Falkvinge
Paul Gordon
Ian Grigg
Vinay Gupta
Jonathan Harrison
Daniel Hassan
Garrick Hileman
Denis Jaromil Roio
John Karanja
Toni Lane
Simon Lelieveldt
Nadav Rosenberg
Brett Scott
Lui Smyth
Elizabeth Starks
Amir Taaki
Robin Teigland
Peter Todd
Julia Tourianski
Sveinn Valfells
Erik Voorhees
Cody Wilson

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Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a network, being a one-man team allowed for easier access to the subjects. The enthusiasm and commitment that saturate through the lens in many parts of the film, expose how the adopters of Bitcoin want to explore, to probe and, to show the world, something important, otherwise overlooked.
The film took three years and 125 videos to complete. Through this journey, I got immersed in the decentralised crypto-currency culture and met a bunch of wonderful futuristic-pirates, I would have never met otherwise. It is becoming easier to admit that Ulterior States is an expression of my perceptions, an extract of the years 2012-2015. The collaged story explores code as activism and discovers a melting pot through the neutrality of a decentralised consensus. It looks to the future from different humanist perspectives and argues that crypto-currencies could lead towards; community governed micro-state applications.

Ulterior States was completely self-funded and produced as a final project for London South Bank University [MA – Arts & Humanity – Digital Film].

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