The Bitcoin Movie Club (BMC) will release its next project NOISE, today on January 27th at The Angelika Film Center in New York. Directed by Jean-Louis Droulers, the film uses material collected across five years to tell its story.
Per a press release shared with Bitcoinist, the Director went through many iterations of the project. Intended as an experiment, Droulers didn’t think about releasing it to the public. Zack Weiner and Joe Gallagher discovered the film and aided the director to complete and release it.
Fully funded with BTC by the Bitcoin Movie Club, viewers in New York will be able to purchase their tickets with the cryptocurrency. The project will also allow viewers to change their tickets for BTC. Thus, as the release claims, giving New Yorkers an opportunity “to buy Bitcoin with dollars over the counter” for the first time in the city.
NOISE was filmed with the intention of creating a “new language, capturing life without context, without any conception of what a film is”. In that sense, it is an example of a cinematographic material that attempts to break away from conventions, of “what the (film) industry demands”.
The team behind The Bitcoin Movie Club exclusively talked with Bitcoinist on NOISE, funding a movie with BTC, and their plans for the future. The project will operate far from the concept of “crypto”, without “NFTs”, only Bitcoin seems to drive them:
Bitcoinmovieclub will never do crypto, or whatever NFT, instead we constantly bring movies to Bitcoin’s economy for the simple reason that movie financing remains stagnant after a century plus of innovation in every other moviemaking aspect. This is what’s hurting cinema. That’s why most people have soured on contemporary Hollywood. It’s the money. Bitcoin’s changing that very rapidly. In fact, after Thursday’s premiere of NOiSE, the playbook will be simple. Shoot a film, sell it. For Bitcoin. BMC is not for profit.
Permission Is Dead, The Vision Behind The Bitcoin Movie Club
For decades, New York has been the epicenter of counterculture art movements. In modern days, the city continues to prove its relevance as a major center for the arts, now combined with the power and freedom provided by the Bitcoin Network.
The team behind the BMC it’s set to fully embrace the potential of BTC and return the movie industry to its ideals of decentralization, away from the interest of big studios and corporations. Permission is dead, they told us, as they encourage its viewers to seize the opportunities provided by Bitcoin:
Bitcoin distribution allows the filmmaker to bypass licensing laws which expand the scope of their work. In the case of NOiSE we expanded the soundscape in ways that would never be available to an independent filmmaker through traditional means of distribution. You might not have a dollar but you have Daft Punk. In an age of fragmented media, the Bitcoin community is the perfect group to collaborate with to build a bona fide independent and counter cultural entertainment force. We’re operating with a new economic reality and the decisions we allow ourselves to make have nothing to do with the bounds everyone else is playing in.
The BCM was created under a philosophy that its team calls “Bitcoinism”, as a marriage of “politics and entertainment”. The non-profit organization believes in BTC as a way of “leveling of the playing field as access”.
As Bitcoinist has reported, the BCM released “This Machine Greens”, a documentary that explores BTC’s energy consumption and its capacity to support an energy system for future generations, and “Lynchpin”, a deep dive into the basketball industry. In 2023, they expect to release more projects and see the “arthouse box office” measured by “BTC, not dollars”.
As of press time, BTC trades at $35,743 with a 3.6% loss in 24-hours.