The 414s


Directed by
Michael T. Vollmann
Produced by
Chris James Thompson
Edited by
Amanda C. Griffin
Produced by
September Club, Matador Content and CNN Films
Production Partners
CNN Films


This short documentary premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and tells the story of the first widely recognized computer hackers — a group of teenagers who gained notoriety in 1983 when they broke into the pentagons computer systems. It was acquired at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival by CNN at the first film to launch their collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios.

“The 414s is an incredibly well-crafted and uniquely digital film –an intimate, surprising and timely story that you’ll want to share with your friends,” said Chris Berend, vice president of video content development for CNN/U.S.

A remarkable story about a group of tech-savvy boys who introduced a petrified world to cyber-crime.

The Telegraph

The 414s is the type of of true-life story that is undoubtedly compelling. It’s got it all: intrigue, law breaking, strained friendships and backstabbing. Honestly, it’s amazing that we haven’t seen a feature bio-pic of this story yet.

Ivan Kander
Short of the Week