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The amazing true story of Joe Engressia Jr., a blind telephone hacker genius, who legally changed his name to Joybubbles.
The amazing true story of Joe Engressia Jr., a blind telephone hacker genius, who legally changed his name to Joybubbles.
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    THANK YOU. You will receive updates on our progress plus the joy of knowing you helped to bring Joybubbles' amazing life story to the screen!

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    THANK YOU ON SCREEN. You will see your name on the big screen when we thank you in the film credits! You will receive updates on our progress plus the joy of knowing you helped to bring Joybubbles' amazing life story to the screen!

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    JOYBUBBLES POSTCARD. You will receive a special postcard of Joybubbles surrounded by telephones and stuffed animals. The postcard will contain a special note from the Director and will be sent directly to you in the mail. + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    BE A PHONE PHREAK. You will receive your very own SpoofCard, allowing you to fake the caller ID of a telephone call, disguise your voice as male or female, and record calls! Spoofcard is totally private, fun, and legal. + THANK YOU ON SCREEN.

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    A CONVERSATION WITH JOYBUBBLES. You will receive a rare copy of John Fail and Chris Strunk's magazine 'Used To,' featuring their famous 1998 interview with Joybubbles. Read about Joybubbles' obsession with the telephone, eternal childhood, and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood! + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    JOYBUBBLES CD: MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH. You will receive your very own copy of the first motivational speech given by Joe Engressia, Jr. (later Joybubbles) in Memphis in 1972. Humorous, touching, and informative, Engressia speaks about being blind, his fascination with the phone, and loving life. Special bonus track Q&A. + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    ALPHA ONE LABS MAKERSPACE CLASS PASS. You will receive a pass for 1 class at Alpha One Labs in Brooklyn, NY. This awesome Makerspace offers classes on Robotics, Rhino, Raspberry Pi, Lasercutting, Arduino, and more! You pick! (classes take place in Brooklyn, NY, USA only) + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    JOYBUBBLES' INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE IN BRAILLE. You will receive an inspirational quote by Joybubbles, typed in braille on handmade paper. This limited edition is made by Joybubbles' close friend Robert Feinstein, who is featured in the film. + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    ALPHA ONE LABS DEDICATED DESK SPACE. Make your awesome projects come to life with 1 month of dedicated desk space at Alpha One Labs, a Makerspace in Brooklyn, NY. Membership grants you 24 hour access to Alpha One Labs + Tool Access + Tech supplies + Member t-shirt + Individual Desk + Swivel Chair. (space is in Brooklyn, NY, USA only) + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    JOYBUBBLES MEGA PACK : REWARDS #2, #3, #4, #5, AND #6! You will receive a Thank You on Screen + Joybubbles Postcard + 'Exploding the Phone' Book + Used To Magazine with Joybubbles Interview + Joybubbles Motivational Speech CD + Limited Edition Joybubbles' Inspirational Quote in Braille!

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    RARE SIGNED COPY OF 'EXPLODING THE PHONE.' This incredibly rare copy of the book is signed by author PHIL LAPSLEY, contributor and Apple Computer co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, and famous phone phreaks BILL FROM NEW YORK, CAPTAIN CRUNCH, DAVID CONDON and MARK BERNAY!!! This seminal book details the fascinating history of the phone phreaks (telephone hackers), and includes an entire chapter dedicated to Joe Engressia, Jr. (later Joybubbles). + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    TELEPHONE CALL FROM DIRECTOR. The Director of the film, Rachael Morrison, will personally call you on the day the film is finished in 2015! She will share this momentous occasion, and you can chat away about the story of Joybubbles' life and the process of making this documentary film. + JOYBUBBLES MEGA PACK

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    PRODUCER. You will see your name in big letters on screen as a Producer of this film! We will be eternally grateful to you for your contribution! + JOYBUBBLES MEGA PACK

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. You will see your name in big letters on screen as an Executive Producer of this film AND you will be invited to the U.S. premiere of the film!!! (travel and accommodations not included) We will be eternally grateful to you for your major contribution! + JOYBUBBLES MEGA PACK

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    EXPLODING THE PHONE. You will receive your very own copy of this seminal book by phone phreak historian Phil Lapsley. 'Exploding the Phone' details the fascinating history of the phone phreaks (telephone hackers), and includes an entire chapter dedicated to Joe Engressia Jr. (later named Joybubbles). + BE A PHONE PHREAK + POSTCARD + THANK YOU ON SCREEN.

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    WIZZYWIG GRAPHIC NOVEL SIGNED. Get your very own signed hardcover copy of this famous out-of-print graphic novel by comic artist Ed Piskor. Wizzywig is the saga of Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle, a composite character of many phone phreaks and hackers including Joybubbles. Follow the beautifully illustrated story of Kevin as he attempts to whistle a long distance call, and moves through life from precocious kid to federally wanted fugitive. + BE A PHONE PHREAK + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    CAPTAIN CRUNCH WHISTLE. You will receive one of the toy plastic whistles made famous by phone phreak Captain Crunch. Whistle and listen to the sound of 2600Hz, used by phone phreaks to hack into the telephone system back in the day. + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    BRAÏ JEWELLERY BRACELET. You will receive a unique silver bracelet made by French jewelry designers Claire Naa and Delphine Pariente. This bracelet has a charm that reads "Toucher" in braille, which is French for "Touch." + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    BRAÏ JEWELLERY NECKLACE. You will receive a unique silver necklace made by French jewelry designers Claire Naa and Delphine Pariente. The necklace has a charm that reads "Toucher" in braille, which is French for "Touch." + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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    PRIVATE 16MM FILM WORKSHOP. Learn the craft of analog filmmaking on 16mm film! In this private workshop you'll work one on one with the Brooklyn based cinema arts non-profit MONO NO AWARE's Founder/Director Steve Cossman to learn how to shoot your very own film with a Bolex Rex5 camera. You'll learn the ins and outs of the camera, edit on a Steenbeck flatbed editing table, and project your final film on film! Workshop includes 8 hours of instruction, 200 feet of ORWO Black and White reversal 16mm film, lab processing, access to editing equipment, and an HD transfer of your film provided by DiJiFi. (class is offered in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA ONLY) + THANK YOU ON SCREEN

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