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The BBS Documentary DVD and Premiere —

I’m happy to finally give some firm information about the release of the documentary and a chance for people to see it before it’s released on DVD. This has been years in the making, so I’m pretty excited about the whole thing.

First of all, I have basically committed to finish the BBS documentary this year. Since it’s September, that’s not very long from now. I hope to be able to have the DVDs out before Christmas, although to do a DVD “right” means possible delays or other unexpected turns. Regardless, I intend to have these works “in the can” before the end of the year.

And while the entire project will be a 3 DVD set, you really can’t have a film without some sort of “premiere”… so one has been arranged.

The BBS Documentary will have a “beta premiere” at the Vintage Computer Festival 7.0, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. This event goes on from the 6th to the 7th of November, 2004. At this show, all the episodes of the BBS documentary will be played, with breaks in between, across the two days.

The reason I am calling this a “beta premiere” is because these will not be the final versions of the episodes! In fact, I expect to have a month of editing after the event to clean things up and go through everything a few more times. The spirit of this documentary through all of the work has been to keep as much research and process as open as possible, and it made sense to do it one more time.

One should never say never, but this should be the only public showing of the episiodes before they become DVDs.

As an extra bonus, a good set of people interviewed in the documentary are apparently going to show up. Let’s make a party of it!

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