What Happened to Bitcoin’s Satoshi? New Token-Funded Film Aims to Find Out

What Happened to Bitcoin’s Satoshi? New Token-Funded Film Aims to Find Out

In brief

  • A new film about pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto will be crowdfunded through a token sale.
  • The sale for “I Am Not Satoshi” will take place on a new Avalanche-based investment platform, Republic.

More than 13 years after Bitcoin debuted, the question still lingers: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of the first and largest cryptocurrency? Many have tried and failed to definitively find out over the years, but a documentarian plans to explore the phenomenon once more with a new film funded through an Avalanche-based platform.

White Paper Films and director Chris Cannucciari today announced that they will raise funds to film “I Am Not Satoshi,” a feature-length documentary that aims to provide a complete look at the search. Cannucciari is the director behind 2016 documentary, “Banking on Bitcoin.”


“I Am Not Satoshi” will highlight the crypto world’s pursuit of Satoshi, who went silent not long after Bitcoin’s launch and has not been heard from in many years. The film will highlight some of the searchers’ theories over the person (or people) behind the pseudonym, but will also explore why some believe that Satoshi should remain unknown.

“The film relies on the words of Bitcoin’s early adopters, journalists, and Satoshi’s mentors to guide us through the mystery,” said Cannucciari, in a release. “Experts and witnesses will help us understand the events leading up to and following Satoshi’s disappearance. Our goal is to tell this story before history becomes a myth.”

The film will be funded through investment platform Republic on Avalanche using the Film Finance Offering (FFO) framework developed by Ava Labs. Backers will be able to purchase tokens to help bring the film to life, and Ava Labs expects to see a number of other filmmakers use the platform to fund their own future projects.

“I Am Not Satoshi” marks Avalanche’s first steps into the growing Web3 film world, with tokens and NFT collectibles used to help crowdfund development of movies. Avalanche is a network built for decentralized apps, games, and NFTs, and has been billed as one of many potential Ethereum killers.”

Decentralized Pictures and FF3 are among the platforms that have emerged to tap into Web3 technology to help assist filmmakers. Upcoming documentary “Ethereum: The Infinite Garden” was crowdfunded through a token sale, while a feature-length adaptation of Camila Russo’s book “The Infinite Machine” has been funded through NFT sales.

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