Dead Man's Switch a crypto mystery

Includes Q&A + Curious Minds discussion

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Systems Down
Film Subjects:Canadian Culture & Issues
Capitalism & Big Business
Crime & the Justice System
Science & Technology
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sheona McDonald
Producer(s):Sheona McDonald
Executive Producer(s):Betsy Carson
Editor(s):Ness Van Hassel
Writer(s):Sheona McDonald
Cinematography:Simon Schneider
Monica Guddat
Composer:Daniel Ross
Animation:Electric Square
Motion Design:Brendan Cave


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Systems Down: Challenging the status quo

Shells and coins were a reliable currency for millennia. Today, Bitcoin has replaced these physical means of trading with a new and highly irregulated system of virtual banking. Gerald Cotten was keen to take advantage of the opportunities provided by blockchain technology, as one of many young entrepreneurs willing to disrupt the status quo. In his role as CEO of Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange, he attracted investors to the tune of over $200 million. His sudden and mysterious death in India, while on his honeymoon, was a culmination of a series of suspicious activities that ultimately left those investors empty-handed. Either their funds ended up in the digital ether or trapped in the deceased Cotten's password-protected accounts. Online forums produced a wild range of theories about his possibly faked demise and potential whereabouts, but director Sheona McDonald sticks to the facts to uncover the truth in this riveting 21st century crime caper. Alexander Rogalski

Curious Minds at Hot Docs Festival // Cryptocurrency 101
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This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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