CONTENT MEDIA WEAVES “DEEP WEB”
Content Acquires International Sales Rights to Alex Winter’s Documentary “Deep Web”; Promo to screen at Berlin
The much anticipated documentary “Deep Web,” which chronicles the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts” — founder of Silk Road, the notorious online black market best known for drug trafficking and the trade of all illegal goods and services, will screen first footage in Berlin as Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the film.
Directed, written and produced by Alex Winter (“Downloaded”, Director’s Fortnight selected “Frozen”), the feature-length documentary explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law. It takes a close look inside the story of the investigation and unveils how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology. The documentary features exclusive interviews with the Ulbricht family including Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht, Ross’ parents who have become public advocates for digital rights and due process.
Content’s Film President Jamie Carmichael said, “The Silk Road was anarchy online, a free market for everything, regardless of the rule of law. This film pulls back the curtain on the revolutionary movement taking place with the hidden corners of the Internet.”
The movie serves up the core architects of the Deep Web; anarchistic cryptographers who developed the Deep Web’s tools for the military in the early 1990s; the dissident journalists and whistleblowers who immediately sought refuge in this seemingly secure environment; and the figures behind the rise of Silk Road, which combines the security of the Deep Web with the anonymity of cryptocurrency. Interviewees include: Joshua Dratel, Ulbricht’s lawyer; Andy Greenberg, technology writer for Wired, author of This Machine Kills Secrets and the first reporter to interview “Dread Pirate Roberts”; Cody Wilson, a crypto-anarchist known for his development of the “3D printed gun;” Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation; Andrew Lewman, the Executive Director of Tor, a suite of tools that allows users to access content on the internet anonymously; and Todd Shipley, a cyber and high tech crimes expert.
“Deep Web” is an EPIX Original Documentary. Alex Winter produced the film alongside Glen Zipper and Marc Schiller. Winter and Schiller previously worked together on the documentary “Downloaded,” about the rise and fall of Napster. Zipper’s prior credits include the Academy Award® winning “Undefeated” and the Grammy Award® winning “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.” Executive producers are Seth Gordon (“Print the Legend,” “Freakonomics” “Undefeated”), Jill Burkhart and Ross Bernard.
“Deep Web” joins Content’s impressive international sales slate heading into Berlin, which includes two other highly anticipated documentaries which premiered in Sundance – Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief”, and Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed horror documentary “The Nightmare.” Additional titles include the new action/thriller “Pandemic” starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer, and Missi Pyle, and Alfie Allen; the intense horror film “The Diabolical” starring Ali Larter; the gripping drama “The Eichmann Show” starring Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia; the uplifting emotional drama “Life at these Speeds” starring Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers and Sam Rockwell; Academy® Award winning director Mike van Diem’s return romantic comedy “The Surprise”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue” directed by Academy® Award nominated Amy Berg; the spy thriller “Newcomer” starring James Floyd and Anthony LaPaglia; the Caradog James directed supernatural thriller ‘Don’t Knock Twice’; the supernatural heist thriller “The Trust”; the extraordinary, moving and white-knuckle drive with one of the greatest movie stars of all time documentary “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans”; Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” voiced by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie; and the romantic comedy “Comet” starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum.
About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation Ltd is a London and LA based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets.
The Company’s library of rights includes over 4,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 275 feature films.
Content Media recently closed a multi-faceted deal with Bruno Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, Ltd., in which Content acquired the Alive Group of companies allowing Content to distribute its extensive library of film and television rights through the Alive Group to the Chinese market, as well as a direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content
The Film sales division launched in 2002 and represents high profile, commercial feature films with great artistic and theatrical ambition. In addition to handling worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity, the company assists film producers in securing financing.