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Nathan Truesdell

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The self-declared “world’s greatest counterfeiter,” Frank Bourassa, printed $250 million in fake US currency until he was caught by an undercover cop in 2012. And yet he hardly served any jail time.
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The value of art takes on very different meanings in the work of two Copenhagen residents. One makes paintings he knows will sell well; the other makes paintings that are literally currency, which he uses to pay for dentist visits, clothes, and even drinks at a bar.
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Meet the Americans behind two alternative currencies: the originators of the community-focused BerkShares in Massachusetts, and the Fed-baiting libertarian Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Florida-born Liberty Dollar.
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What if the best way to make more money…is to create it yourself? In this documentary series from filmmaker Nathan Truesdell and Field of Vision, we follow folks who decided to take wealth creation into their own hands. Meet a libertarian Florida coin-maker who dreams of bringing down the Fed; a Danish painter who supports a family of four by exchanging paintings for goods; and a master counterfeiter, who reveals how he minted hundreds of millions of dollars—and got off scot-free.
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In September 1986, the city of Cleveland attempted to set a special record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined.
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