Ethereum Goes to Hollywood – Award-Winning Crypto Film Project Premieres in Hollywood

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The first-ever Ethereum-funded movie The Pitts Circus has already won three awards at different film festivals, two of them in Hollywood. Moreover eMovie Venture’s pilot project is nominated for four more KaPow Hollywood awards and will make its world premiere mid-November in the theatre of legendary Hollywood founding father Carl Laemmle.

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What started as a geeky/nerdy marriage between circus freaks, crypto geeks and a Swiss producer has now ended up in Hollywood. Producer Tony Caradonna (CH) and director Ken Fanning (NIR/UK) had no idea that they would wind up making history when they first conceived of The Pitts Circus, the first Ethereum-funded movie which is based on a real Australian circus family. But with their decision to set up the Ethereum-based eMovie Venture project to use an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in order to fund the initial project, they have laid the foundation for what could be a lasting bond between the blockchain and movie making.

This innovative approach turned out to be a big success. The movie has since received three awards and is nominated for several more Hollywood awards: Best Experimental Film at the Amsterdam Around International Film Festival in September, as well as Best Producer and Best Director at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival last month. Furthermore eMovie Venture’s Pitts Circus movie recently also got nominated for several more awards. Four of the nominations were received at the KaPow Intergalactic film festival, which takes place mid-November in Hollywood:

  • Best Feature, KaPow Intergalactic Filmfestival, Hollywood/USA
  • Best Mockumentary, KaPow Intergalactic Filmfestival, Hollywood/USA
  • Best Foreign Film, KaPow Intergalactic Filmfestival, Hollywood/USA
  • Best Musical Comedy, KaPow Intergalactic Filmfestival, Hollywood/USA

The award-winning movie project which was also nominated for a digital sustainability award on the Swiss DINAcon in Bern, has now announced the date of its official world premiere:

It will take place on November 14 at the legendary Laemmle’s theater. A place with an awesome history. The cinema was established by the nephews of famous Universal Studios founder and leading figure in Hollywood’s golden age, Carl Laemmle.

The surprising success of The Pitts Circus has already paved the way for eMovie Venture’s next projects in 2018. We look forward to a bright future for this innovative film project and upcoming eMovie Venture based productions.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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