I just got off the phone with Parker, the head of IP Activism at the Electronic Frontier foundation. He had some great news, as well as some expected news. The latter wasn’t as great as I’d hoped, but makes perfect sense, considering what they do. Rather than summarize my initial email to Parker, I’m going to copy/paste it here:
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Thank you for your fast response! I personally find phone calls are much more efficient. That said, it's good to have some basics in writing too. How about I let you know what's on my mind in an email and we can work out some of the details on a phone call, if you're interested?
These are just the ideas I have, like, my dream possibilities:
The first idea I had was to put a link to eff.org at the end of my movie, along with a call for people who are interested in learning more about their digital rights. Rainey mentioned the possibility of a landing page or something like that. I don't know if even that much is required. Maybe even something as simple as "To learn more about what's happening with your rights online, check the Electronic Frontier Foundation at www.eff.org." I find asking people to remember too much makes them forget almost everything. The simpler the better.
The second thing is, there's a festival I've entered ALGORITHM in, which has a prize for a call to action. The prize goes to the charity responding to that call, and I'd like to name the EFF.
Third, I would like to submit an HD download of ALGORITHM for inclusion into a Humble Bundle, with the EFF as the beneficiary. I've never done anything like this, so I'd appreciate any directions that you might think helpful.
Finally, I'd like to say that ALGORITHM is partnering with the EFF. Lets face it, you guys rock. You're one of the best things this country has right now. It would really lend a lot of cred to my project. And, as a subset of that, anything you could do to help me get the word out, that ALGORITHM is the kind of movie you believe in, people listen to you. It would make a big difference.
I know it's difficult to commit to any or all of that, without first having seen the movie, so I would like to arrange a screening for you and whoever else you think might wish to watch it. I am under a bit of a deadline, as the first semi-public screening is on July 3rd, so, whatever we do needs to be in place by then.
What's a good number and time to reach you at? I'll give you a call and we'll talk further.
Again, thank you for your time.”
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That was my email. Parker responded fairly quickly and addressed each of the points, and then asked that I call him, which was awesome! The only point he was… conservative about is the last one, where I asked for EFF to actually, publicly partner with ALGORITHM. As I mentioned at the top of this entry, it makes perfect sense, considering they’re actually an activist law firm. They have to make sure what they promote is in agreement with their clients. And, their clients are people who really need their help because the client is on the forefront of a major precedent-setting legal issue.
However, even his reluctance was prefaced with, “We’d have to see it first,” which is more than understandable. I wouldn’t promote something I know nothing about. So, today’s a good day.
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I also bought my tickets to HOPE X. I’ve spent the past few days looking for a good price on plane tickets; I just couldn’t stomach $700+. I have to fly from John Wayne Airport SNA, to New York. Most of my searches were for LeGuardia, LGA. That search was returning the bad prices.
A friend told me that Tuesday was the best day to find cheap tickets. She mentioned that I should look after 11:00. I assumed she meant PM, so I stayed up. I was 12 hours off. If it’s better on Tuesdays, which doubt, it’s during the day. I was so frustrated, I posted a rant on Facebook. A different friend mentioned the Tuesday theory, which may or may not be true. It wasn’t useful information for me, since I can’t wait another week.
This morning, I found the key. I’d been inputing SNA to LGA into kayak.com, which opens tabs for all the major ticket websites. And, the aforementioned overpriced results. When I changed LGA to NYC, which means that it can use any of the other 2 neighboring airports, I found a ticket for just over $560, $140+ cheaper than the other method. So I bought it.
There’s a part of me that wonders if it might not have been cheaper still next Tuesday. But, my time and mental well-being has value too and I don’t like having unresolved issues.