Gimli Film Festival 2021

Dead Man's Switch: A Crypto Mystery

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Dead Man’s Switch a crypto mystery unpacks the mysterious and improbable story of Canadian CEO Gerald Cotten and his failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX. On November 30th, 2018, the 30-year old CEO of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, traveled to India to open an orphanage and celebrate his honeymoon. Nine days later he was allegedly dead from Crohn's Disease and $215 million dollars in cash and cryptocurrency were suddenly missing. When his widow, Jennifer Robertson, announced his death to the world via a post on the Quadriga exchange website a month later, creditors, journalists, regulators and cryptocurrency enthusiasts alike jumped on the story. Through interviews with skeptics, journalists, financial analysts, and creditors suffering real and sometimes significant financial losses filmmaker Sheona McDonald fleshes out the story of Gerry’s life, death & business dealings.

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    Sheona McDonald