Nathan Truesdell, a Columbia resident who produced 2009’s Convention and a forthcoming feature-length documentary about Branson, is currently working on his directorial debut, The Art of Making Money. Produced by AJ Schnack, a Belleville native and director of Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2006), the doc explores currency design and counterfeiting as art forms.
One of the individuals featured in The Art of Making Money is Lars Kraemmer, a Danish man who’s begun using original art money as currency — if he needs to pay for a service, he’ll draw something up and attempt to barter with it. He’s even created an online community, artmoney.org, which describes itself as “an international art project presenting a global, alternative ‘currency.'”