As we continue our series of articles about the upcoming release of “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” , it is time to find out a bit more about the people who made this project a reality. We got our hands on the crew’s biographies, which we would like to share with you today.
DANIEL MROSS (SUBJECT & CO-PRODUCER)
Daniel Mross is a software developer and IT professional from Pittsburgh, PA. He is an expert in database systems with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He has been involved with a variety of startups, including Listmill, LLC, a company he co-founded. Daniel discovered Bitcoin in early 2011 and started mining and investing as a hobby. Today he spends most of his time as a technology consultant, working on software projects involving Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.
NICHOLAS MROSS (DIRECTOR & PRODUCER)
Raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Nicholas Mross is a director and independent producer who has been actively involved in the Pittsburgh film industry since graduating from the Toronto Film School in 2008.
Also a Clemson University Marketing graduate, his background envelops a wide range of experience including web and corporate videos, commercial work, short and feature films, as well as various charity and non-profit projects. His most noteworthy work is the 2013 feature film Riddle, a thriller starring Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Harnois.
Recently, Nicholas launched his own production company, Fair Acres Films, and his primary focus is creating and developing feature length projects, including its first major production, THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN.
BEN BLEDSOE (PRODUCER)
Ben Bledsoe grew up in the entertainment industry. At age 11, he was acting in several television shows and commercial campaigns. At 16, he founded the band Natural, which earned two US Gold Records, toured internationally, and went on to sell over 2 million records worldwide.
Bledsoe first met director Nicholas Mross on the set of “Riddle,” a feature film starring Val Kilmer. It wasn’t long before the pair teamed back up to create the feature-length documentary THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN, which recently had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
PATRICK LOPE (PRODUCER/EDITOR)
Patrick Lope is an Emmy Award-winning television producer/director. Through his company, Lupo Productions, Patrick began producing the MTV documentary series “True Life” in 2002 and has since created more than 30 hour-long episodes. His documentary subjects have included Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, jockeys, elopers, professional gamers, high school football stars and competitive eaters in Japan, to name a few.
In 2009, Patrick was the director and editor of a documentary titled, “Kanye West Presents: Homecoming.” Patrick filmed over the course of several weeks on tour with Kanye West. Other career highlights include a trip to the Brazilian Amazon, where Patrick was the first-ever journalist to live with and film the Panara Indians. Patrick also produced and edited an hour-long documentary titled, “CNN Presents: Fried”, on the rise in popularity of a street drug known as “illy”.
SIMON STEVENS (COMPOSER)
As an active Composer and Orchestrator, Simon Stevens has been carving out a career in the world of music for film and television with recent projects including scoring the thriller SOFIA, starring Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland and Timothy Spall, and the comedy EXIT STRATEGY.
From 2010 to 2011, Stevens also worked as an assistant and orchestrator for Hollywood Composer Christopher Young, more notably for the films PRIEST and THE BLACK TULIP.
Stevens studied Composition at the Royal College of Music in London with distinguished professors such as Howard Davidson and Ken Hesketh. After graduating from the RCM, he was accepted into the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television course at the University of Southern California, where he received tuition from composers Bruce Broughton, Christopher Young and Jack Smalley. Stevens was also selected to be mentored by Academy Award-nominated composer James Newton Howard.
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