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
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 the 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