VIDEO: ALEX WINTER ON “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN AND THE SILK WEB”

Filmmaker Alex Winter talks about his new film “Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road,” that premieres on EPIX on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The film looks at Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, his arrest and the charges filed against him. The film also looks at drug war, fourth amendment and online privacy.

You can listen to the full audio interview with Winter on the film. This interview runs almost 40 minutes.

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VIDEO: ALEX WINTER On “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN & THE SILK ROAD”

Alex Winter’s new documentary “Deep Web: The Untold Story of BitCoin & The Silk Road,” screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which is where we caught up with him to talk about the film. The film is about Ross Ulbicht, Silk Road, an underground market place, the war on drugs and privacy.

Ulbricht was “convicted of being the Dread Pirate Roberts, secret mastermind of the Silk Road online narcotics empire,” writes Wired. Ross is serving time in jail and is waiting for the final verdict, which will be announced towards the end of May 2015.

Winter wrote, directed and co-produced the film. Keanu Reeves provides the commentary for the film.

This is a highlight of a longer interview with Winter that we will publish later this month.

Noah Cowan on San Francisco International Film Festival

Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan is Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) that hosts the annual San Francisco International Film Festival.

Cowan joined SFFS last year, and prior to that he spent a lot of his time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). His last post was as artistic director of the Bell Lightbox at TIFF.

In this interview we talk to Cowan about why he moved from Toronto to San Francisco and the various facetsĀ of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival that runs from April 26 to May 6, 2015. This is the first year where Cowan has worked on the festival from the start and we wanted to find out about his vision for the film society and the film festival.

We wanted to know how they chose Alex Gibney’s film on Steve Jobs “The Man In The Machine,” as their opening night film. Or, how they came to choose Alexander Winter’s documentary “Deep Web,” a film about Silk Road and bitcoin. Both these films are about entrepreneurship and technology, the twin subjects that are of deep interest to people in the San Francisco bay area.

Besides technology, food is another important ingredient in this year’s festival and Cowan shares some of the films screening at this year’s festival.

Finally, we talk about his favorite film and growing up in an artistic family in Canada.Curious to know what is Cowan’s favorite film (s) tune in to find out.

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LISTEN TO NOAH COWAN TALK ABOUT 58th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL