“Deep Web,” the 90-minute EPIX documentary that chronicles the October 2013 arrest of Ross Ulbricht, makes its World Television Premiere on EPIXHD.com, Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Ulbricht was convicted in February of 2015 of seven felony charges including drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and a kingpin charge. He was accused of being “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the creator and operator of the online black marketplace, Silk Road.
He was sentenced to life in prison yesterday (Friday) in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Also read: The Guardian
The name of the movie, “Deep Web,” refers to a vast section of the World Wide Web that is a hidden alternate Internet. This mysterious and complex cyberspace served as an outlet for anonymous communication and was home to Silk Road, the online black market notorious for drug trafficking. Silk Road combined the security of the Deep Web with the anonymity of cryptocurrency.
Movie untangles a web of secrecy
The movie seeks to unravel the tangled web of secrecy, accusations, and criminal activity, and explores how the outcome of Ulbricht’s trial will set a precedent for the future of technological freedom around the world.
In addition to being the only film with access to the Ulbricht family, the documentary also focuses on the architects of the Deep Web. These include anarchistic cryptographers who developed the Deep Web’s tools for the military in the early 1990s. The film also examines the dissident journalists and whistleblowers who immediately sought refuge in this seemingly secure environment.
Also read: Ross Ulbricht convicted of running Silk Road
Keanu Reeves narrates
Narrated by Keanu Reeves, “Deep Web” is an EPIX original documentary written, directed and produced by Alex Winter with Marc Schiller and Glen Zipper serving as producers.
For the first time in 22 years, Reeves is working together again with Alex Winter as the official narrator.
Winter and Schiller previously worked together on the documentary, “Downloaded,” about the rise and fall of Napster. Zipper’s prior credits include the Academy Award winning “Undefeated” and the Grammy Award winning “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.”
Seth Gordon, whose credits include “Print the Legend,” “Mitt,” “Freakonomics” and “Undefeated,” is the executive producer. Andy Greenberg is the consulting producer, and Dan Swietlik, whose credits include “Sicko” and “An Inconvenient Truth” is the editor. Jill Burkhart and Ross Bernard are the executive producers for EPIX.