Bitcoin’s latest full-feature documentary, Banking on Bitcoin, was recently released on Video-on-Demand services Amazon and iTunes, as well as in a limited number of theater screens. Directed and co-written by Christopher Cannuccia, the 90-minute film was produced by Gravitas Ventures.
The most recent movie-length documentary about the phenomenon of Bitcoin dives deeply into the cryptocurrency’s roots, exploring the Cypherpunks who established the field before Satoshi Nakamoto came along.
The film covers all of the early price hype, the Silk Road drama, the MtGox fallout, as well as some more recent happenings in 2015, when the mainstream banking world started turning to the technology. The central theme of the film, however, focuses on regulation and mainstream bitcoin adoption.
Particular attention is given to the events surrounding the January 2014 New York Department of Financial Services hearings on bitcoin, and the then Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky. Both sides of the licensing argument are heard from several viewpoints.
Nathaniel Popper, the author of the the best-selling book “Digital Gold,” explained in the film that “A lot of companies complained that the regulations were too burdensome for them to operate in New York and still make money.”