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This film is followed by a prerecorded Q&A.


The 2018 death of Gerald Cotten, CEO of Canada’s largest Bitcoin exchange, reads like something out of a paperback mystery. When Cotten died suddenly in India at age 30, he took with him the secret to accessing $215 million in crypto-currency, setting off a mad search by reporters, regulators and former customers for the missing funds. What they uncovered only raised more questions, including the biggest one of all: Did Gerald Cotten really die, or did he fake his death and walk away with all the money?


In the hands of filmmaker Sheona McDonald—who DOXA audiences may re-member from her 2019 film Candice, a profile of feminist pornographer Candice Vadala—Cotten’s story becomes a fast-paced, gripping thriller. McDonald is methodical in her reporting, exploring every theory and chasing down every lead. The journey takes us from a crypto club in Victoria, to one of Cotten’s bankrupted former customers in San Francisco, to a doctor in India who might just have all the answers. -JM


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  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    78 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Sheona McDonald
  • Producer
    Sheona McDonald
  • Executive Producer
    Betsy Carson
  • Cinematographer
    Monica Guddat, Simon Schneider
  • Editor
    Ness Van Hassel
  • Animator
    Electric Square
  • Music
    Daniel Ross