Supply Chain


A documentary about the minerals that power our devices, software and currency networks.


SUPPLY CHAIN follows the lifecycle of minerals from their unearthing as raw ores to precision computing components, examining the invisible labor along the way. It also connects the history of mining to the design of computer games, professional e-Sports and the infrastructure of global cryptocurrency networks. An essay film on geology, technology and folklore.

A Film by Alex Tyson    |    Produced by Alex Tyson  &  Dr. Saleem H. Ali


*In Development

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  Detail of a delidded  central processing unit.  © 2017 Der8auer

Detail of a delidded central processing unit. © 2017 Der8auer

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Production Team




Alex Tyson is an artist and filmmaker known for his films Mountain Fire Personnel (2015), 3 Minutes in America (2015) and his work on the Oscar nominated and Emmy winning documentary Gasland (2011) for HBO, for which he was awarded a Cinema Eye Honor. He has worked as a cinematographer in Brazil, China, Italy, The South Pacific, Scandinavia and extensively throughout the USA, and most recently contributed special photography to National Geographic's 2017 Emmy-winning documentary LA92. He primarily works as an editor and producer for non-fiction films. His first documentary was awarded the Prix du Jury La Mobilière for the most innovative film at Visions du Réel (2015) and screened at MoMA Documentary Fortnight (2016). Supply Chain will be his directorial debut for a feature-film.



Dr. Saleem H. Ali is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware (USA). He has also held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia where he retains affiliation as a Professorial Research Fellow. He is a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment. His research focuses on environmental conflicts in the extractive industries and how ecological cooperation can promote peace in international relations. He is the author of 3 sole authored books and over a hundred other peer-reviewed publications. Ali was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010, and has since then also been a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tufts University.