"Freedom Downtime" is a feature length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world. It profiles computer hacker Kevin Mitnick who was imprisoned without bail for nearly five years.
Winner of the "Audience Award for Documentaries" at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, 2002
The Story They Wouldn't Tell You
Around the world, computer hackers are being portrayed as the newest brand of terrorists. This is a story of a hacker named Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. Freedom Downtime tries to uncover the reasons why the authorities are so scared of Mitnick as well as define what exactly he did. Surprisingly, no real evidence is ever presented by t he authorities to back up the sensationalist claims in mass media. But when a Hollywood studio decides to make a movie about Mitnick's life through the eyes of one of his accusers, hackers turn to activism to get their message out. Through interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and experts in the computer and civil liberties arena, a picture of a great injustice becomes apparent. A cross-country journey uncovers some realities of the hacker culture as well as the sobering fact that so many technically young adept people are being imprisoned.
This is the 2004 release, containing more footage than the original cut in 2001. Also included is an interview with Kevin.
Produced by 2600 Films Broadcasting, Netcasting, and Copying Are Encouraged as Long as it's Free
July 16, 2021 Subject:
Hindsight shows the power of truth
My company required all of us to take cyber training, and during the training, Kevin Mitnick had a cameo appearance as a security expert. I had to come back and watch this true story again.
The power of truth triumphs. Sun is gone, Netware is gone. Miramax has been passed around like an old sofa from investor to investor.
My favorite point in this movie, is the grey-haired oracle who spoke the truth about fighting abortion. Today in NYC, 85% of the black children are aborted, and the fight goes on. That grey-haired oracle is in the promised land by now. No one recognized it at the time, but this was in fact a spiritual battle, fighting the culture of death, lies, fear and incarceration. The best example of this being a spiritual battle, was decades before anyone else, they were up against the evil being perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, and of course hurricane Bonnie. So akin to the biblical stories of persecution and unjust suffering, for speaking truth to evil. Today the battle continues with Johnny Lai who sits in a gulag, for speaking truth to evil.
April 4, 2020 Subject:
hacker culture at its best