CNN Acquires Milwaukee film THE 414's at Sundance

CNN Acquires Milwaukee film THE 414's at Sundance

Sundance 2015 came to a close this past weekend, and we have more great news to pass along, regarding a couple of talented Wisconsin filmmakers...

CNN Films has announced a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios. CNN Films makes the announcement concurrently with an acquisition of THE 414s from Milwaukee director Michael T. Vollmann and producer Chris James Thompson, which just completed its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

“This new venture into short-form documentary story-telling brings to fruition, our vision for a premium, multidimensional, film brand for CNN. CNN Films premieres have the ability to capture audiences across theatrical, broadcast, and now digital spaces,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.

CNN Films will premiere the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, directed by Michael T. Vollmann and produced by Chris James Thompson, in a series of at least four short CNN Films premiering online in spring of 2015. THE 414s examines the first widely-recognized computer hackers, a group of Milwaukee teenagers who broke in to dozens of prominent computer systems, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1983, and inspired the term.

“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. It's the perfect start to the next chapter in premium storytelling for CNN Digital Studios,” said Chris Berend, vice president of video content development for CNN/U.S.

I'll keep you posted as the premiere date nears... in the meantime, congratulations to Michael and Chris!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at