Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem Explores Expanding Into Film In Big Way – Deadline

Bitcoin mogul Charlie Shrem, one of many pioneers and evangelists of the most important cryptocurrency by market cap, is backing his first enterprise in movie, and plans to do extra.

Shrem’s first undertaking as an govt producer is Ask Me to Dance, a romantic comedy that stars Briana Evigan (Step Up), Mario Cantone (Intercourse and The Metropolis), Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Firm), and Tom Malloy (Love N’ Dancing). It’s taking pictures now in Rochester, New York, with Malloy as the author/director of the Trick Candle Productions function.

Jason Chambers (Human Weapon), Julianne Arrieta (Reagan), Courtney Warner (The Instantaneous Messenger), Jesse Kove (Cobra Kai), Catherine Mary Stewart (Weekend at Bernies), and Kurt Angle (former WWE Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist) are additionally on board.

Shrem found bitcoin as a university senior. He went on to discovered BitInstant, a service that offered a straightforward technique to convert cash into bitcoin. It grew to offer an estimated 30 p.c of all bitcoin transactions at one level.

After some authorized points involving cash transmission, which led to a brief jail sentence, Shrem emerged and started to climb again. He engaged as an advisor in plenty of cryptocurrency ventures and extra lately launched a podcast and web site.

“Two years in the past, I began my podcast Untold Tales, and realized that I beloved media,” Shrem mentioned. “Ask Me to Dance is my first non-crypto undertaking. I hope to deliver the identical ardour and expertise from the bitcoin house into movie.”

Shrem sees others following his path. “There’s an enormous crossover between movie, new media and finance. A whole lot of those who have discovered their fortunes in crypto will search to do issues the place they’ll categorical their creativity and earn cash on the identical time.”

A Florida resident, Shrem mentioned he plans on spending “1 / 4 of the yr in Los Angeles” as he ramps up his movie endeavors.

Within the movie, Malloy and Evigan painting Jack and Jill, two unlucky-in-love individuals who have been trying to find their soulmates in all of the flawed locations. When a fortune teller informs them individually that they may meet the love of their life earlier than New Yr’s – solely 5 days away – a relationship frenzy begins as each go from one comical and chaotic date to a different. Because the yr wanes to its shut, their desperation will increase.

Shrem and Sean King are the undertaking’s EPs, with Ron Newcomb (Rise of the Fellowship) and Michelle Alexandria (#Screamers) as producers. XYZ Movies is dealing with US gross sales, with Glass Home Distribution dealing with overseas.

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