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BBS: The Documentary (24-May-2005)

Director: Jason Scott

Writer: Jason Scott

Keywords: Documentary

Before the Internet became a public thoroughfare, many people used BBS's to form thriving online communities. Expansive history of computer Bulletin Board Systems commencing from Ward Christensen's original CBBS in 1978 through their obsolescence in the late 1990s. Eight episodes totaling nearly 5 hours, drawn from hundreds of interviews with key figures; topics covered include Fidonet, the ANSI art scene, and the underground hacking/phreaking BBS's. Jason Scott's first documentary, shot entirely on digital.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Vint Cerf
Scientist
23-Jun-1943   Co-Designed Internet's TCP-IP protocol
Tom Jennings
Computer Programmer
1955   Author of FidoNet BBS protocols
Philip J. Kaplan
Blogger
30-Oct-1975   Pud of Fucked Company
Brad Templeton
Computer Programmer
20-Apr-1960   Chairman, Electronic Frontier Foundation

CAST

Ward Christensen   ...  
Randy Suess   ...  
Tom Jennings   ...  
Ken Kaplan   ...  
Ben Baker   ...  
RaD Man   ...  
Lord Soth   ...  
Chuck Forsberg   ...  
Eric Greene   ...  
Jeff Keegan   ...  
Harrison Page   ...  
Soylent   ...  
Vint Cerf   ...  
Philip J. Kaplan   ...  

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