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Bitcoin Baby

Desperate to be financially stable enough to get their daughter back from Child Protective Services, two petty grifters try to con a lonely tech entrepreneur out of his Bitcoin fortune, but fall into deep trouble when they find out he is not who he claims to be.

  • Michael G. Keller
    Red Gold, Hard Time Harvey
  • Michael G. Keller
    Red Gold, Hard Time Harvey
  • Michael G. Keller
    Red Gold, Hard Time Harvey
  • Sierra Nowak
    Key Cast
  • Anthony Casabianca
    Key Cast
  • Shane Dorriz
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Crime
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    5,848 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Bare Bones Film Festival
    Muskogee, OK
    United States
    Best Feature - Dramatic
Director Biography - Michael G. Keller

Michael G. Keller's work has played in film festivals around the world; on cable television, Netflix and Amazon Prime. His previous projects include RED GOLD, a crime drama feature about organ trafficking, which he filmed in a remote village in India; and HARD TIME HARVEY, a dramedy pilot presentation set in a juvenile prison.

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Director Statement

The difference between success and failure sometimes seems arbitrary. Some people work hard, follow the rules, do everything that is expected of them, and still get nowhere in life. Others show up at the right place at the right time and stumble into success. The world of cryptocurrency sometimes feels like an amplified microcosm of our economy -- a rigged casino, with players making and losing fortunes on speculative assets of questionable intrinsic value. It doesn't seem meritocratic or fair.

People's life outcomes also seem rigged. Some are born into affluent families, with safety nets and paths to prosperity paved for them; while others must surmount dismal odds just to survive. Some find themselves trapped in bureaucratic institutions, without the experience or resources to set themselves free.

BITCOIN BABY was born of disillusionment with long-held narratives of bootstrapping and social mobility. The protagonists are flawed. Their lives are filled with poor decisions and poor outcomes. Perhaps they have only themselves to blame for their failures. But they see no clear way out of their rut. From their perspectives, taking a gamble with crime is better than accepting the certainty of stagnation. It is the story of two people who risk it all in hopes of one big payoff to reunite their family and get their lives back on track.

We made this film on nights and weekends, a few hours at a time, with almost no crew. Shoots were fast and focused, making efficient use of limited resources. Our process brought an immediacy and intimacy to the actors' performances. Lead actress Sierra Nowak channeled her own childhood experiences with the foster care system to lend authenticity to her role. It was an honor collaborating with a tight-knit team of artists, who all poured so much of themselves into this project to give it the spark of life.