MARINA DEL REY, CA, Oct. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Guardian Circle, the first global, decentralized emergency response system, announced today its founder and CEO Mark Jeffrey is prominently featured in Alex Winter’s new feature-length documentary, TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN. The film, narrated by actress Rosario Dawson, seeks to educate mainstream audiences on all aspects of support and opposition to blockchain technology, as well as its impact and potential to help solve critical economic issues like income inequality, the refugee crisis and world hunger.


TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN is the first ever production by blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV, which made the film together with Alex Winter’s Trouper Productions and Futurism Studios. It premieres in Los Angeles November 16 at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center where Winter, SingularDTV’s co-founder Kim Jackson, Futurism president Geoff Clark, and protagonists such as Mark Jeffrey and other influential voices in the film will be doing a live Q&A with the audience after the November 16, 7:30pm screening. Jeffrey and his fellow protagonists Spiros Michalakis (Caltech), Tor Ekeland (Lauri Love’s US counsel), plus producer Clark are doing Q+As after the November 17 and 18th 3:00pm screenings. Click here to purchase tickets in Los Angeles.


TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN is screened five times daily at the Monica Film Center through Friday, November 23.


“There are huge changes happening in human culture right now, particularly as it relates to blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and decentralization,” said Alex Winter, writer, producer, and director of TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN. “As a storyteller, this phenomenon fascinates me, which is why I wanted to make this documentary about decentralization and inclusion, rather than profit. This film provides a global lens through which to understand the implications of blockchain technology ethically, politically and socially.”


Jeffrey launched Guardian Circle in 2016 to support the six billion people worldwide and in developing countries who have no emergency services at all. The platform gives users in an emergency situation immediate access to a designated circle of trusted friends, family and neighbors located closest to them via GPS, significantly reducing emergency response times and greatly improving one’s chances for survival. Guardians who respond to requests for help are then rewarded in Guardium tokens, which can be redeemed for more services or sold for fiat currency. Guardian Circle is the only company with a cloud emergency grid that incorporates a token incentive model, addressing the problem of immediate, trusted emergency aid. The app is currently used by tens-of-thousands and has established partnerships with Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE and Akon's AKOIN to distribute Guardian Circle in Africa.


Photo credit: SingularDTV


“Trust Machine addresses many of the concerns preventing mass adoption of blockchain while showcasing meaningful projects striving to improve the world around us,” said Mark Jeffrey, CEO and co-founder of Guardian Circle. “The film’s truth and commitment to humanity mirror our own values at Guardian Circle and we believe it will open viewers eyes on what is possible as decentralization increases.”


For more information about the film, visit: www.trustmachinefilm.com.


About TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN:
Hacktivist and blockchain expert Lauri Love fights extradition as his computer skills are a threat to the US government. Tech innovators strike a raw nerve as banks and network pundits rush to condemn volatile cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. The film explains why banks are terrified while UNICEF embraces blockchain to help refugee children? Award–winning filmmaker Alex Winter reveals that proponents of blockchain—a verified digital ledger—are already using the technology to change the world; fighting income inequality, the refugee crisis and world hunger.


About Guardian Circle:
Guardian Circle is an award-winning platform offering global, decentralized 911 emergency response, currently available for free on iOS, Apple Watch, Android and Amazon Alexa and to device manufacturers via an emergency grid API. It’s the first blockchain-based emergency response system to crowdsource safety, enabling users to access a decentralized pool of pre-selected citizen-rescuers who are alerted in the event of an emergency, dispatching aid closest to the situation. These guardians are then rewarded in cryptocurrency with Guardium ($GUARD), a token redeemable for more services or sold for fiat currency within the platform. For more information and to download the app, visit http://guardiancircle.com/ or join our Telegram group here.


About SingularDTV:
SingularDTV is building the world’s first blockchain entertainment ecosystem with the creator in mind by helping filmmakers fundraise, develop and distribute their content. This ecosystem allows artists to have a direct relationship with their audience. SingularDTV also creates and distributes original content. The studio’s first ever film: the documentary TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN by Alex Winter has a US theatrical release in the fall of 2018. SingularDTV's first feature film is THE HAPPY WORKER, directed by Duwayne Dunham and executive-produced by David Lynch - starring Josh Whitehouse, Thomas Haden Church, and Colm Meaney. Headquartered in Switzerland, SingularDTV has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Follow us @SingularDTV.


MEDIA CONTACTS:
Transform Group, guardiancircle@transform.pr
SingularDTV, tmooij@singulardtv.com