The question we've probably been asked the most over the last year is "When will 'Freedom Downtime' be available on video?" The answer is "Now."
For those who don't know, "Freedom Downtime" is our two hour long documentary that deals with one of the stories the mass media managed to overlook - that of hacker Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned for nearly five years on charges that to this day remain unclear.
In the film we try to find out why Mitnick had been kept locked away for so long and what it was precisely that he was accused of doing. To make matters even more interesting, a major Hollywood motion picture was about to be filmed that would have portrayed Mitnick as an arch villain. A good part of our documentary is spent tracking down the people responsible in an attempt to inject some fairness into the story. We wound up traveling from the east coast to the west coast and back talking to some of the story's key players, as well as visiting corporate lobbies, seeing various parts of the hacker culture, talking to people on the street, and being chased by all kinds of cops.
"Freedom Downtime" was finished in 2001 and has shown at various film festivals and hacker conferences. Recently it won the Audience Award for Documentaries at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
You can get your own VHS copy of the film at our online store. It's in NTSC format which means it will work in players in the United States and Canada. We intend to come out on DVD eventually but don't hold your breath. We have a magazine and a conference to organize, after all.