Kickstart This: 'Software Wars' Doc Examines Control of Information
by Ben Pearson
January 4, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at an intriguing documentary called Software Wars, which examines the current state of technology and how information is spread and controlled. Docs like this can often be alarmist nonsense, but this one looks like it takes a pretty level approach to things and provides some interesting insight for those who don't keep up to date with the tech segment of the news. Take a look below, and don't forget to donate if you can help out.
I mostly stick to watching movies all the time, so even though I work on a computer every day, I've never been completely up to date on all the latest tech news. This documentary looks as if it does what all good docs should do: it lays things out in a simple, digestible package that is easy for the uninitiated and seasoned vets to equally enjoy. Producer Keith Curtis worked at Microsoft for 11 years before writing a book on which this film is based, detailing how open source software can change the world if we only let it. It looks like he and his team have tapped into something really fascinating here, and Software Wars could very well end up being the next Who Killed the Electric Car? when all is said and done.
Besides, I like the idea of a unified world working together toward greater technological progress. It reminds me of the world Roddenberry created for Star Trek, in which Earth is part of a Federation of planets and there are no longer individual countries vying for power on our little blue sphere. If the filmmakers behind Software Wars have their way, that's the kind of future we'll be working towards. Now normally when a pitch video is four and a half minutes long, I get a little weary by the time it's over. But with the way the filmmakers presented this information (it almost seems science fiction-esque at times), I was hooked the duration for this one, and maybe you'll end up being as interested in this topic as I am. Check it out and see:
For complete information on the Software Wars project, or to help fund the theater's efforts, visit their IndieGoGo page. Keith Curtis and Tobias Deml are looking to raise an impressive $150,000 by Thursday, January 17th, and they definitely need our help if they're going to meet their goal. Let's see if we can give them the boost they need in order to make this project happen, and if you're all out of cash, I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you could spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or anywhere you can.
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