FREE KEVIN is an ongoing and roving screening series from a collection of 15.4 GB of downloaded films and documentaries depicting hackers and related computer culture from the 1980s’2000s. A range of material including blockbuster films, educational television programming, and documentaries produced within the hacking community will be presented in various cities worldwide over the next year in order to stimulate dialogue around issues of intellectual property and open culture.
The title FREE KEVIN is an appropriated slogan that was originally used by the hacker community in the 1990s to protest the arrest of Kevin Mitnick, a legendary hacker who at the time was the most wanted computer criminal in United States history. Mitnick’s story is of interest (and depicted in several films in the screening series) for its fascinating particularities concerning hacker culture, intellectual property, and media representation historically, but at the same time it also functions as a contemporary symbol. If anything, the struggle over intellectual property has only intensified in the last decade and FREE KEVIN can be read as the embodiment of resistance in an ongoing struggle for rights and freedoms from corporate and state control in an information age and economy.
When: Sunday December 19th 2010, 11:30?24:00
Where: Tolhuisweg 2, 1031 Amsterdam
Program: Download as PDF
Cost: 2 euro
Curated by Pirateturk, organized by Laurel Ptak and hosted by Roel Wouters & Jonathan Puckey, mirrored from Konst & Teknik at the Eddie the Eagle Museum.
11:30 : Doors open
11:45 : INTRODUCTION BY LAUREL PTAK & PETER STROM (OVER SKYPE) (0:15)
12:00 : WARRIORS OF THE NET, 1999 (0:12)
12:20 : PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY, 1999 (1:36)
A 1999 film based on the book “Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer” by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. It [...] documents the rise of the home computer (personal computer) through the rivalry between Apple Computer and Microsoft.
14:00 : THE HISTORY OF HACKING, 2006 (0:50)
A quality documentary about hacking from the 1960s to date. Takes a historical approach, looking at the role of the hacker during this time.
15:00 : ANTITRUST, 1:49 (2001)
Antitrust portrays young idealistic programmers and a large corporation (NURV) that offers significant money, a low-keyed working environment, and creative opportunities for those talented programmers willing to work for them. The charismatic CEO of NURV seems to be good natured, but recent employee and protagonist Milo Hoffman begins to unravel the terrible hidden truth of NURV?s operation.
16:55 : FREEDOM DOWNTIME (ABOUT KEVIN MITNICK) (2:01) 2001
Freedom Downtime is a 2001 documentary film sympathetic to the convicted computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, directed by Emmanuel Goldstein and produced by 2600 Films.
19:00 : WAR GAMES, 1983 (1:48)
The film follows David Lightman (Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly accesses WOPR, a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, originally believing it to be a computer game. The simulation causes a national nuclear missile scare and nearly starts World War III.
21:00 : OUTLAWS & ANGELS, 2002 (0:49)
Documentary about the current issues surrounding Hackers/Crackers! What is Illegal should be called Crackers not Hackers!!
22:00 : HACKERS, 1995 (1:45)
Hackers is a 1995 American thriller film directed by Iain Softley and starring Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller, Renoly Santiago and Matthew Lillard. The film follows the exploits of a group of gifted high school hackers and their involvement in a corporate extortion conspiracy.
All descriptions downloaded from Wikipedia and Google Video
Pirateturk, Laurel Ptak, and Konst & Teknik & Martin, Roel Wouters & Jonathan Puckey, Eddie the Eagle Museum
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Drinks and food will be for sale (cash only)
Limited amount of seats (first come, first served)
Feel free to come and go as you please!