Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery, directed by Sheona McDonald, focuses on the circumstances around the sudden death of Quadriga CX CEO Gerry Cotten. Upon his passing, $215 million went missing, leaving investors who kept their crypto assets left on the exchange scrambling to recoup their investments. McDonald talked to Deepest Dream about her documentary which is now streaming on Discovery+.
One of the first phrases investors learn when investing in cryptocurrency is “not your keys, not your coin.” Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery delves into the suspicious circumstances on Cotten’s passing, as some have questioned if he is actually alive and reaping the benefits of that missing money. Journalist Amy Castorand author David Gerard are among the reporters who provide context and coverage to Cotten’s case.
During Cotten’s CEO days, Quadriga CX was the major crypto exchange in Canada. Now there are various exchanges to invest your money, but the fear of losing money while leaving it exposed on exchanges still exist. Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery, running at 78 minutes, draws us into Cotten’s story while also subtly pointing out the importance of DYOR-ing (do your own research) with crytpo investments.
Cotten’s death and life served as an immersive watch, and as a crypto investor it was a value added experience to view a cautionay tale.
Check out Sheona McDonald’s full interview below. Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery is now streaming on Discovery+.