Release Date: 4th Quarter 2019

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Crowdfunding

Our first campaign for the film was a huge success. We raised almost $14,500 and that's $2,000 over what we needed to finish filming. That helped us finish the filming with travel and crew! Thanks for your help!

We've now partnered with Patreon to give you a chance to help us get to the finish line with the post-production of the film. We're current editing the film and expect the motion graphics, music, editing, and sound design to all complete in October 2019 so we can head out to festivals. If you still want to help, head over to our patreon page:

 

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Message From the Director

Young Shawn Back in the early ‘80s I begged my mother and grandmother to help me get my first computer. When that Vic-20 arrived, I was mesmerized and spent my days and nights trying to get it to do what I wanted it to. This thirty year love affair continues today. From my first job, I noticed that many software people were just like me: passionate, awkward, and workaholic.

For many of the past twenty of those thirty years, I’ve been trying to turn my passion into story. After writing books, creating courses, recording seminars and speaking at international conferences, I’ve learned to love the art of the story and making a documentary is an extension of that.

The story of software developers is complex. It includes not only each developer’s stories, but also the history of the industry as well as the cultural problem in which the industry finds itself. The lack of women and people of color, both in coding jobs and management positions, means that the industry might be in trouble unless something changes. That’s why I’m making HELLO WORLD.

The Story

Code is everywhere. Every phone call you make, every website you visit, and even every car you drive has software powering it. For many people, code looks like the falling letters in The Matrix or what they see on CSI. But it’s not that inscrutable. HELLO WORLD is a film that means to answer three questions: who are coders; what does coding look like; and how coding is different from other careers. The film starts by exploring where code is and what it actually takes to make machines do what we want them to do. By demystifying the job of programming, HELLO WORLD hopes to entice and educate.

Behind all of this software are coders, computer programmers, and engineers. These people are passionate, smart, and sometimes lacking social graces. Being a software developer has undergone several major changes and by letting developers tell their stories, HELLO WORLD will explore who coders really are.

In addition, the film will explore the uneasy state of technology culture today. By going back to its origins, the film will find out where all the women and people of color went, leaving only a glut of white men in the industry. The hope is to provide some possible solutions to improving this disparity.

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Film Goals

We want to encourage more and more people to feel like they will succeed and thrive as software developers. This movie is meant to dispel the fear of writing software and show that the industry is moving towards a more inclusive and welcoming environment for people, no matter their background.

We believe that the audience for this film is the general public. To that end, we want to get it in front of as many people as possible. This means we’re going to take it to film festivals with the express goal of getting distributed by a major streaming provider like HBO, Netflix, Amazon or similar company.


Current Status of the Film

We've been working on this film for over two years. The finish line is in sight! We’ve travelled around the United States and interviewed about fifty people to understand key topics including diversity in software development, passion and motivation of great developers, and how educators are striving to improve inclusion in computer science. With filming complete, we're editing the film and putting touches on this very personal story.

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The Team

I've just started building the team. Here's where you'll see our team grow:
Shawn Wildermuth

Director/Producer

Shawn Wildermuth

HELLO WORLD is Shawn's debut feature-length documentary. It's the perfect vehicle for him to tell the story of the world he's spent over thirty years in. He's been tinkering with computers and software since he got a Vic-20 back in the early '80s. He's authored eight books and innumerable articles on software development. You can reach him at his blog at wildermuth.com. He released his first short documentary about his neighborhood which you can see on YouTube.

Lou Creech

Director of Photography

Lou Creech

Lou is a native of South Carolina, but now calls Denver, Colorado home. She holds a BA in Art and Environmental Studies and also attended the Carolina Film Institute for Film Studies. She has worked in production as a coordinator and key production assistant, while also producing her own short films and documentaries. She believes everyone has a story to tell and is thrilled to be a part of HELLO WORLD! When she's not behind the camera, you'll find her working in non-profit food access, playing Roller Derby with the alter ego, Ludakiss, or exploring the Rocky Mountains.

Lou Creech

Editor

Randy Hill

Randy Hill is a editor and filmmaker whose career has spanned over 20 years. He produced his first feature while working on a degree in Film at Georgia State University. Since then, he has shot & edited features, narrative and documentary shorts and long-form documentary and reality television, including the Emmy-winning Public Television series, "Ecosense for Living".

Peggy Still Johnson

Music Supervisor/Composer

Peggy Still Johnson

Peggy Still Johnson is a film composer, performing artist, casting agent and coach, Peggy has worked on projects such as “Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Parental Guidance,” “Bessie”, “Requiem for Herstory,” “Sugar on the Tip of My Lips,” “America’s Got Talent,” to name a few and has worked with artists such as T Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp, MoNique, Mickey Thomas, Larkin Poe, Joe Gransden, Dean Roland of Collective Soul, Justin Guarino, Tuk Smith of The Biters, writer Stephen King and more.

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