We Are As Gods is a new documentary about legendary counterculture prankster, environmentalist, and technologist Stewart Brand that premiered at SXSW 2021. The film chronicles Stewart’s extraordinary biography and his present day mission to shift humanity's perspective on technology, space, time, and life itself. The film is accompanied by a timeless original score by Brian Eno. See the trailer above.
The world dramatically changed in 2020, and so did the way we share and experience stories. We want to be part of the steamroller, taking a crypto approach to distribution that befits the subject of our film himself—a futurist who is always one step ahead.
So here is our wild pitch: let’s release We Are As Gods by minting NFTs on Mirror! The idea is simple: an NFT will not only allow you to stream the film, but it will also unlock analog artifacts and once-in-a-lifetime IRL experiences, alongside these digital rarities. By releasing the film through blockchain technology, we’re exploring a new distribution model for the future of the film industry.
These are the words of futurist Stewart Brand in 1984 at the first Hacker’s Conference, summarizing his discussion between Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and proponents of the free software movement.
Making the film publicly available is true to Stewart’s philosophy of democratizing new technology and creating access to tools. We also hope it helps grow the Ethereum community, bringing new users into the ecosystem.
Legacy media wants to restrict filmmakers and lock-in viewers into costly monthly subscriptions for mediocre content. NFTs offer an opportunity to liberate filmmakers and audiences from this constraint.
Once we hit our goal, you’ll be airdropped an animated unlocked 1/1 This Film Wants To Be Free NFT that represents your fractionalized ownership of We Are As Gods (pro rata, based on your percent contribution), as a thank you for freeing this film. We will use Fractional.art to mint a 1/1 animated NFT based on the iconic poster art. We are circumventing the legacy film system, taking a crypto-native approach by distributing the film on the blockchain as a public good—free for everyone to watch, but owned by few.
If you have any questions for us about rewards, the film, or the campaign, hit us up on twitter @stewartbranddoc
The Editions are still open until October 10th, but the Patron Podium is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. A special thank you to the top 25 patrons. We’ll reach out to you directly about airdropping your unique NFT with bespoke rewards.Big CONGRATULATIONS to the top three winners: