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The movie poster for Lotawana is black background with two figures and a sailboat silhouetted against a full moon all in yellow.
Courtesy of Trevor Hawkins
"Lotawana" was filmed at Lake Lotawana, southeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

"Lotawana" from Kansas City filmmaker Trevor Hawkins is the first movie in history to offer shared ownership and be premiered through the cryptocurrency known as NFTs.

It is part of the ongoing trend of artists, athletes, and organizations looking to cash in on the NFT movement that is providing a new way for art of all kinds to be traded digitally.

  • Trevor Hawkins, writer and director of "Lotawana"
  • Merav Ozair, crypto and blockchain expert and FinTech faculty member at Rutgers Business School
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