Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Run Time: 84 minutes

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain

You may have heard the term cryptocurrency by now, but unless you’re a techie, you might be wondering how it works or what it’s even for. You’re not alone. Luckily, TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN—narrated by award-winning actress Rosario Dawson—serves to sort through the confusion. This well-researched documentary chronicles the incredible rise of Bitcoin, an internet currency based on a concept known as a blockchain. Using cryptography, the information contained in records (a.k.a. “blocks”) is resistant from modification or hacking. Money isn’t the only thing this technology can be used for. The film profiles start-ups that are applying it to social causes, medical records, identification purposes, copyright claims, and even voting. While this all sounds very promising, there are still many skeptics. Some simply find it too complex and/or view it as a sly tool for criminals. Others could be rendered obsolete if blockchains replace existing infrastructure. Is the opposition for self-preservation, or are they right in characterizing cryptocurrency as an overhyped Ponzi scheme? Get the facts and decide for yourself after watching this compelling explanation of a misunderstood modern technology. —E.F.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 01, 2019 at 6:45 PM -
Monday, April 01, 2019 at 8:54 PM

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 9:45 PM -
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 11:09 PM

Ad Hoc Docs Competition


Alex Winter

Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor and came to prominence starring in movies such as “The Lost Boys” and the “Bill and Ted” franchise. Winter has directed hundreds of award-winning television commercials and music videos, along with several acclaimed features and documentaries. Winter is now making “Zappa,” the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa.

Freaked (1993), Fever (1999), Downloaded (2013) – CIFF37, Deep Web (2015), Smosh: The Movie (2015), The Panama Papers (2018), TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN (2018)

Kim Jackson, Geoffrey J Clark

Anghel Decca

Tim Strube

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