Filmmaker Alex Winter’s new film “Deep Web:The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road,” highlights the story of Ross Ulbricht the founder of Silk Road, the underground marketplace, his arrest, the charges brought against him, his trail, bitcoin, and the intersection of technology, privacy and law. A final veridct on Ulbricht’s case is expected from the court on May 29, 2015. Could Ulbricht become a poster boy just like Aaron Swartz?
Embedded in this film is a complex web of stories and issues that Winter raises and addresses. There are questions about who is Ross Ulbricht, what led him to create this underground marketplace, online privacy, the war on drug, Fourth Amendment, the way Ulbricht’s case was handled and how Ulbricht’s family is fighting back agains the charges. Then there is the whole story of Silk Road’s Dread Pirate and bitcoin. And if you zoom back at look at the world there is this whole issue of a fundamental change that is taking place in the world points out Winter. We are in the middle of a huge change that is not going to be an easy one he adds.
We sat down to speak with Winter when he was in here for the San Francisco International Film Festival. We spoke to him about the film and his fascination with technology. What is his fascination with technology? You will be surprised by what he has to say on the subject. His previous documentary”Downloaded” was on Napster.
LISTEN: ALEX WINTER ON “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN AND THE SILK ROAD”
“Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road,” premieres on Sunday, May 31, 2015 on EPIX at 8 pm EST.
This audio is the full version of our interview with Winter. We have a TV version of the interview coming up. Here is a highlight of the interview from our YouTube channel.