What if SOPA passed? Free and Open is set in a post-internet censored US and follows an underground group of hackers on the darknet.
Free and Open is a narrative series about internet censorship in the United States.
The near future –
Internet within US borders is heavily regulated by legislators and their interests via the 'Free and Open act'. The darknet - an illegal shadow internet created by activists and hackers - is the only digital space where information and ideas can be shared without government intervention. This forum soon breeds a resistance group led by three individuals:
- A trust fund blogger who has dreams of being a famous journalist.
- A documentarian who's filming the group's effort.
- An ex military contractor who helped design the firewall that the government uses to censor the internet.
They're labeled terrorists and are forced into hiding, traveling from Virginia to Silicon Valley as they attempt to destroy the firewall and change public opinion by leaking classified documents detailing the governments digital surveillance efforts.
Our core philosophy for producing the show is that technology should not be restricted because of the actions of individuals.
The series combines topical issues and human drama into twelve action-packed, ten-minute episodes designed to both entertain and examine the consequences of limiting internet freedom.
We are laser focused on achieving authenticity and believability. The series goes beyond simple speculation about an internet police state by incorporating:
- An authentic use of law and technology- no deus ex machina doomsday viruses here.
- Interviews with scholars, politicians and technology experts that will be woven throughout the show to establish themes, ideas and context.
- An amazing cast of professional actors, some of whom you've seen before, to create a believable universe.
We're going to be traveling across the country filming the series, and we want you to be involved.
Our route from Virginia to Silicon Valley is going to be charted using the locations of our supporters (see benefits on right). The landscape of the United States is an important character in the story and we want to represent the cities we film in uniquely by finding the abandoned tunnels, warehouses and hidden gems that only locals are privy to.
We're also building a members-only website where our supporters can interact with the production by reading scripts, watching rough cuts and providing feedback. As a production, we aim to embody the spirit of unbridled communication by encouraging discussion and feedback from our community throughout the filmmaking process.
Our goal is to create a work that is as fun to watch as it is thought provoking.
Please check out the blog where we post links that inform our process and watch some of our award winning short films. If you have any questions, we're here to start a conversation in the comments tab.
With your help, we're confident that ‘Free and Open’ will be nothing short of great. Thanks for your support, we can't wait to get started!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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