BBS: The Documentary
|BBS: The Documentary DVD cover|
|Release Date||21 May 2005|
|Running Time||296 min|
|Created by||Jason Scott Sadofsky|
|Directed by||Jason Scott Sadofsky|
|Produced by||Nicole Sparks|
|Written by||Jason Scott Sadofsky|
|Screenplay by||Jason Scott Sadofsky|
|Distributed by||Bovine Ignition Systems|
|Starring||Kerri Adams, Christopher Allen, Jay Andrews, ...|
|Music by||Paul Slocum (Treewave) & Russell Purdy (Sleepy Rabbit)|
|Cinematography by||Jason Scott Sadofsky|
|Edited by||Jason Scott Sadofsky|
|Production Company||Bovine Ignition Systems|
|Topics||Technology, Computers, Hacking|
|Associated Video||Get Lamp DEFCON: The Documentary|
BBS: The Documentary (commonly referred to as BBS Documentary) is a 3-disc, 8-episode documentary about the subculture born from the creation of the bulletin board system (BBS) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott Sadofsky of textfiles.com.
Production work began in July 2001 and completed in December 2004. The finished product began shipping in May 2005.
Although the documentary was released under the Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike 2.0 License, meaning that anyone can legally download it for free, Jason Scott Sadofsky has made it known that the downloadable version is only a taste of the full experience and recommends that individuals purchase the documentary DVDs.
- Baud: the beginnings of the first BBSes, featuring Ward Christensen and Randy Suess [39:12]
- SysOps and Users: experiences from those who used and operated BBSes [44:44]
- Make it Pay: the BBS industry of the 1980s and 90s featuring Philip L. Becker, founder of eSoft [46:48]
- FidoNet: details the largest volunteer-run computer network in history [43:56]
- Artscene: the history of the ANSI Art Scene which thrived in the BBS world [42:41]
- HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking): hear from the users of "underground" BBSes [38:22]
- No Carrier: the end of the dial-up BBS and its integration into the Internet [21:32]
- Compression: the story of the PKWARE/SEA legal battle of the late 1980s [20:46]
Disc 3 also serves as a DVD-ROM which contains thousands of photographs from the 200 interviews recorded during the 4-year production of the film. All of the episodes are subtitled in English and include director's commentary tracks. The Artscene episode is the only one to include subtitles translated into Russian. All discs include hidden easter eggs.
|BBS: The Documentary (2005)||NA||DivX||Archive.org|
|BBS: The Documentary (2005)||NA||DVD ISO||Archive.org|
|BBS: The Documentary (2005) Video Collection||MPEG2||Various||Archive.org||Over 250 hours of raw interviews, other materials|