Belfast Based Irish Film Maker Creates World’s First Ethereum-funded Movie The Pitts Circus
Premiering at Belfast Film Festival on 14 April 2018 with Q&A Session
The world’s first multi award-winning Ethereum-funded Movie The Pitts Circus will be premiering at the 2018 Belfast Film Festival on Saturday 14 April 2018 in the Queens Film Theatre and will also feature a Q&A with the creative team behind the film. The Blockchain movie is directed by Irish Film-maker and Circus artist Ken Fanning and has been edited by Belfast based Stuart Sloan.
The plot centers around an Australian Circus Family who get themselves into trouble over a hardware wallet that belongs to a Swiss Aristocratic family. The movie follows the family on their journey and gives viewers an authentic insight into family life on the road with the circus but in a modern context where blockchain has an increasingly important impact on the way we go about our day-to-day lives. The film is shot using state-of-the-art cinematic techniques and is a mixture of light-hearted family-oriented entertainment and comedy, with Ethereum and blockchain a powerful thread that weaves its way throughout the plot.
The Pitts Circus is an international production with global focal points in Switzerland, Australia, the UK and Ireland. The Pitts Circus was shot in Australia and Switzerland early in 2017 and the post-production took place in one of the world’s leading-edge hotspots for movie industry – Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pitts Circus follows in the wake of big productions like Game of Thrones which had a huge impact and influence on the movie industry in Northern Ireland.
Bitcoin and the blockchain technology starts to have impact in the real world. The Irish Director and Circus Artist Ken Fanning started a blockchain film campaign in 2016 when only freaks and geeks knew how to handle the technology. The result is an amazing success story: the world’s first Ethereum Blockchain funded movie was financed through blockchain technology. The movie was shot in Australia and Switzerland. The postproduction happened in Belfast and Berlin. The world premiere was in Hollywood in November 2017 and the film won several awards all over the world.
Toni Caradonna, Producer of the The Pitts Circus said: “Originally we were a bunch of Circusfreaks and Cryptopunks that always wanted to tell the amazing Story of this unique Circus Family. We were absolutely blown away with the success of our independent movie that is so not Hollywood.” He went on to say: “With the advent of Ethereum we felt this is a gamechanger. We believe that blockchain technology will have the same impact on society as the Internet did. For the first time in history, humans are delegating trust away from institutions and people to machines and processes. With every disruptive innovation technology that can be both good and bad. In our case it empowered us and our community to create a piece of art that does not follow mainstream. We strongly believe in diversity in society and in the arts too. The fact that Ethereum has made this possible and gave art the voice we think it merits is a good thing. This movie about this amazing family is the proof that blockchains like Ethereum actually do have a real world impact that is way above the boring trading business. The fact that I have been invited to talk to ambassadors, consuls and even the Assistant Director of the Swiss National Bank shows that this could be big!”
The Pitts Circus is directed by Ken Fanning, edited by Stuart Sloan and produced by Toni Caradonna. Post-production was done in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Audio post-production is from Sound studio, Berlin.