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The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers


YEAR 2015

SECTION Shorts Program Films Presented by YouTube


RUN TIME 12 min

In 1983, a group of Milwaukee teenagers gained notoriety when they broke into dozens of high-profile computer systems. The ensuing media frenzy terrified a nation previously ignorant of the capabilities of computer interconnectivity.

Screens With
Chuck Norris vs Communism—In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain, opening a window to the free world for those who dared to look. A black market VHS racketeer and courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the masses and sowed the seeds of a revolution.

EMAIL the414smovie@gmail.com


Sound Recordist

Artist Bio

Michael T. Vollmann has worked in film and television for the past eight years in Los Angeles and Milwaukee. His credits include MECCA: The Floor that Made Milwaukee Famous, ESPN (editor); The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, SXSW 2012/IFC (director of photography); as well as numerous shows for networks including CBS, MTV, and HBO. Vollmann made his directorial debut with the short film Before You, which earned him the Milwaukee Film Festival '13 Filmmaker-in-Residence award.