Michael T Vollmann

Filmmaker

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'Blood' Wins 2018 Sima Award For Best Editing | Medium

YOUR STORIES FUEL OUR IMPACT: 2018 WINNERS OF THE 6TH ANNUAL SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA AWARDS (SIMA) ANNOUNCED - MEDIUM

As the consequences of climate change unfold, political power shifts, and wars seem to calcify, documentary film plays an invaluable role in reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit — not only to survive but to refute injustice and lift one another up in the process.

From 49 finalists, SIMA has selected 18 winners and 9 jury prize recipients for the 6th Annual International Social Impact Media Awards. This year’s films place...

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'A Grave Situation' Wins Brico Grant | Milwaukee Film

ANNOUNCING: THE 2017 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL JURY AWARD WINNERS - Milwaukee Film

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, is excited to share this year’s festival jury award winners. Among the top films selected include Scott Road, a film with local ties shot entirely in China; Rat Film, a documentary exploring...

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The Blood is at the Doorstep to Premiere at SXSW | Shadow and Act

'The Blood is at the Doorstep' - Documentary on Dontre Hamilton - Will World Premiere at SXSW - SHADOW AND ACT

On April 30, 2014, a white police officer, Christopher Manney, shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No charges were brought, but Manney was fired from the force. As a result of the shooting and subsequent protests, Milwaukee police officers were equipped with body cameras. 

Hamilton, who was 31 years old at the time of his death, had a history of mental illness. Hamilton's family stated that he had been treated for schizophrenia but was not violent. 

This Milwaukee tragedy is at the center of a new documentary set to make its premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival in March. 

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The Kid Hackers Who Starred in a Real-Life Wargames | The Telegraph

The kid hackers who starred in a real-life WarGames - THE TELEGRAPH

They didn't start World War 3, but in 1983 a group of tech-savvy boys introduced a petrified world to cyber-crime. What became of the original teen hackers? 

Among the tens of thousands of kids who saw WarGames, when it opened in June 1983, were 17 year old Neal Patrick and 20 year old Timothy Winslow from Milwaukee. Like the classic film’s lead character, played by Matthew Broderick, they were nice middle class kids from the American suburbs who were lucky enough...

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I Hacked Into a Nuclear Facility... | CNN

I hacked into a nuclear facility in the '80s. You're welcome. - CNN

"I can't remember exactly when my teenage fascination with computers collided with the federal government, but I will never forget the morning in 1983 when two FBI agents showed up on my parents' doorstep.

I had gone to bed around 4 or 5 a.m. after spending hours on my computer..."

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We Sold Our Film | Filmmaker Magazine

 

“We Sold Our Film!” The Director of The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers Blogs from Sundance - FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

"My filmmaking partner, Chris James Thompson and I are more than halfway through our time here at Sundance and it’s been pretty incredible. So far we’ve had two screenings of our short doc The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, and the audience response has been extremely positive. Some of the other highlights include..."

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414s Bought By CNN Films | Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Movie about Milwaukee teen hackers bought by CNN at Sundance - Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

"The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers," a documentary about a group of Milwaukee-area teens who in 1983 hacked their way into computer systems around the country, was acquired by CNN Films at the Sundance Film FestivalFriday — the same day as its premiere at the festival.

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Going to Sundance | Filmmmaker Magazine

Bringing a Short to Sundance: A Diary from the Director of The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers - Filmmaker Magazine

"My name is Michael T. Vollmann; I am the director of the Sundance short The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers and this is my first trip to Sundance — I have absolutely no idea what to expect! I hear there are mountains involved, mega enormous celebrity sightings and..."

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