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PANEL ROOMSBuilding 26 Room 100Building 54 Room 100Bartos (Building E-15, Basement)Building 56 Room 180Building 56 Room 191

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Lost? Use: http://whereis.mit.edu

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FRIDAY 30 APRIL

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10:00 am - 1:00 pmREGISTRATION (New MIT Media Lab - Building E14 - 75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor)

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Come and get your registration on! ROFLCon will open up bright and early at 10:00 am and run into the early afternoon. Pick up your badges, snag a t-shirt, meet your fellow attendees, and swing by the tables to meet some of our guests.

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26-100

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pmThe Future of the World Weird Web

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Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center for Internet and Society)

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danah boyd (Microsoft Research)

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When Chatroulette allowed a new generation of internet users to anonymously heckle, flash, offend - and occasionally build meaningful connections with - each other, old-skool net watchers wondered, "Does this mean that the 'net is weird again?"

In this talk, they will resist the urge to wax nostalgic about the past, but they will use ancient net culture to help ask some serious questions about what's happened to weird. Researcher extraordinaire danah boyd will look at what's happened as internet culture has been legitimated and validated, exploring how we maintain a hacker's mindset about the internet - and the world as a whole - now that our tools and methods are no longer obscure.  International man of mystery Ethan Zuckerman will ask who in the world gets to shape internet culture in a globalized age as he wonders whether we'll end up LOLing together at Kenyan netmemes or LOLing at the incomprehensible and other.

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26-100

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2:00 pm to 3:30 pmThe Longview Panel

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Robert Cockerham (Cockeyed.com)

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Joel Veitch (Rathergood)

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Neil Cicierega (Lemon Demon)

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Ethan Zuckerman (The Berkman Center for Internet for Internet and Society) [Moderator]

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danah boyd (Microsoft NERD) [Moderator]

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This panel collects awesome people who have been doing things on the internet for some time now. From the ground floor, what have been the long-term changes in internet culture and celebrity that have happened over the last decade? Any thoughts on where internet culture will shift into the future?

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26-10054-100

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3:30 pm to 5:00 pmThree Wolf Moon RisingThe Secret Masters of Digg

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Brian Govern (Posted first review of Three Wolf Moon Shirt)Muhammad Saleem (msaleem)

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Michael McGloin (The Mountain)Andrew Sorcini (MrBabyMan)

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Antonia Neshev (Three Wolf Moon Artist)JD Rucker (OBoy)

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Patrick Davison (MemeFactory) [Moderator]Amy Vernon (AmyVernon) [Moderator]

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How does a simple, quiet shirt with a little bit of stardust, three wolves, and a moon end up kicking the Amazon bestsellers lists ass for more than four weeks running? What's it like being a part of that process? What do you do after it's all said and done? Does the shirt actually grant you mystical powers?Few subgroups online have been as rumored about, hated on, or wrangled with as the elite power users of Digg. But what's this world actually like? Join the leading users of Digg as they discuss the often hidden culture of poweruserhood, their relationship with the site, the various intrigues that go on, the experiences in rising to the top, and the broader questions about the future of these platforms.

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5:00 pm - 5:30 pmSHORT BREAK

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26-10054-100

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5:30 pm - 7:00 pmThe Good, The Bad, and The Awkwardi can haz dream?: race and the internet

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Mike Bender (Awkward Family Photos)Baratunde Thurston (The Onion)

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Jonathan Standefer (Lamebook)Teresa Wu (My Mom is a FOB)

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Helen Killer (Regretsy)Serena Wu (My Mom is a FOB)

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Douglas Chernack (Awkward Family Photos)Christian Lander (Stuff White People Like)

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Brad O'Farrell (Play 'em off Keyboard Cat)Lisa Nakamura (University of Illinois - Champaign) [Moderator]

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Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom) [Moderator]

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While we didn't bring Goatse (sorry/you're welcome about that), ROFLCon would be remiss to not spend a moment talking about the awkward on the web. Bringing together some of the folks that have done the most to commentate and celebrate that unique kind of fail on the web in the recent year, this panel examines the role that awkward things play on the web culture. The internet is often painted as white and nerdy, but that's just not the case. This panel will discuss the history, current status, and future of race on the internet. How is race signified online? Is the internet segregated? How are we doing on that digital divide? Why do black people take over Twitter at night? What DO white people like? Can non-Asians laugh at "My Mom is a Fob"? Will it ever be possible to have a rational discussion about race online??

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26-10054-100

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7:00 pm - 8:30 pmAnd the Internet Swooped InCAPSLOCK

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Mahir Cagri (I Kiss You)Matthew Gasteier (FU Penguin)

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David Devore (Father, David After Dentist)Jessica Amason (This is Why You're Fat)

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David A. Devore (Son, David After Dentist)Christoph Ono (Cornify)

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Charlie Schmidt (Keyboard Cat)Mark Little (Picnicface + POWERTHIRST)

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Christian Sandvig (The Berkman Center for Internet and Society) [Moderator]Mike Rugnetta (MemeFactory) [Moderator]

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It was a tale as old as the internet. Boy meets internet. Boy posts personal thing online. Thing becomes massively famous. Here we have three cases of unintentional internet fame, ten years apart. A lot changed. What was similar? What was different?Let's face it: caps lock is cruise control for awesome on the internet. Why is this the case? Why's "the most extreme" near and dear to the heart of the webs? What are the weird experiences that come out of creating and curating that kind of stuff?

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8:30 pm - 9:30 pmBREAK FOR DINNER

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26-10054-100

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9:30 pm - 11:00 pmPerformance - MemeFactoryScreening - Winnebago Man

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Patrick Davison (MemeFactory)Aleksey Vayner (Impossible is Nothing)

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Mike Rugnetta (MemeFactory)Jack Rebney (The Winnebago Man)

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Ben Steinbauer (Director: Winnebago Man)

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David Weinberger (Berkman Center for Internet and Society) [Moderator]

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Two gentlemen with five computers and three projectors take the audience on a fast-paced and whirlwind tour of every major internet meme, famous piece of internet media and upwards of three hours of youTube footage over the course of one and one half of one hour.A prerelease sneak-peek of the documentary about the life and times of Jack Rebney, The Winnebago Man. The titular Angriest Man in the World himself will be calling in to ROFLCon II for a post-screening discussion with Ben Steinbauer (the director) and Aleksey Vayner.

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9:00 pm - 12:00 pmROFL HANGING (The Asgard - 350 Massachusetts Avenue)

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If you're not going to the screening or the performance, come kick back with some of your fellow ROFLers at the Asgard! With any hope, we've got some special surprises planned for the evening.

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SATURDAY 1 MAY

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26-100

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10:00 am - 11:00 amREGISTRATION

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26-100

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11:00 am - 11:30 amClippy: It Looks Like You Are Giving A Keynote. (KEYNOTE)

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Kevan Atteberry (Creator of Clippy)

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A short whirlwind tour of animated assistants, starting with Microsoft Bob. How did Clippy end up being the default Character for Microsoft Office? And how has it continued to live on in internet culture? And why did it take hundreds of hours of testing with Social Psychologists from Stanford to build it? (seriously).

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26-10054-100Bartos56-18056-191

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11:30 am - 1:00 pmRunning The TubesFound Footage and Internet CultureMormons, Mullets and Maniacs"Tweet Me Harder" Podcast TapingChat Roulette Room

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Pete Hottelet (Omni Consumer Products)Nick Prueher (Found Footage Festival)Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed)David Malki (Wondermark)

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Larry Oji and David Lloyd (OCRemix)Joe Pickett (Found Footage Festival)Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit)

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Aaron Peckham (Urban Dictionary)Jason Steele (Charlie The Unicorn)

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Jef Sewell (Despair.com)Ben Steinbauer (Director: Winnebago Man) [Moderator]

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Xiaochang Li (Convergence Culture Consortium) [Moderator]

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The internet doesn't do it alone. Allowing memes to get bigger and broader than ever before requires a legion of creators, merchandise suppliers, and distributors. How is this process happening? What's going on in the deeper infrastructure of web culture that's making it tick?Before the wild and wacky world of frenzied YouTube clip sharing, there was the equally vast and deep community of VHS oddities and found footage. This world persists online today, parallel to an ever-expanding circulation of freshly minted animations and random, humorous video clips. What are the parallels and intersections between these two worlds? Where is it going? Tweet Me Harder is a new kind of internet radio talk show, it’s a weekly gabfest with an agenda set by you. Maybe they’ll ask you, the audience, for suggestions on a topic; other times they’ll take polls; or they will ignore you altogether.

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Bartos

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pmA DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS LUNCH LIKE MOM USED TO MAKE

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26-10054-100Bartos56-18056-191

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pmPop Culture Meets Internet CultureHeroes of UsenetSuper Art Fight!monochrom: let's network it outChat Roulette Room

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Dan Walsh (Garfield Minus Garfield)Jay Furr (King of Alt.*)Yuko Ota (Johnny Wander)Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom)

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Randy Hayes (Juggernaut, Bitch)Laurence Canter (Canter and Siegel)Ananth Panagariya (AppleGeeks)

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Xavier Nazario (Juggernaut, Bitch)Richard Sexton (B1FF)Tak Toyoshima (Secret Asian Man)

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Matt Sloan (Chad Vader)Jason Scott (textfiles.com) [Moderator]Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

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Aaron Yonda (Chad Vader)Brad Templeton (EFF)Rosscott Nover (Super Art Fight, The System) [Moderator]

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Rob Bricken (Topless Robot) [Moderator]

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Juggernaut Bitch ends up in X-Men 3. Garfield After Garfield winds up getting praise from Jim Davis. How is the relationship between popular culture and internet culture evolving?Now only browseable through Google's dirty porthole, Usenet's early history holds parallels, lessons, anecdotes and memories well worth sharing with the current online world. Moderator Jason Scott brings you a panel of historians, history-makers, internet famous and internet infamous figures to talk about Usenet, the worldwide networked messaging system that showed everyone How It Was Done.Pairing cutting-edge artists in the art of creative combat before a blank wall of canvas, and a new masterpiece is created before your eyes. Battling artists will be given topics at timed intervals that must be incorporated into their piece, lest they face the audiences wrath.monochrom is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, philosophy, and crap. Chances are high you've seen one of their projects on the net and didn't even know they created it. Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, eaten sausages made from their own blood, invented Massive Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling, buried people alive, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with the Thomann Project. Johannes Grenzfurthner will give a brief introduction in the world of monochrom, context hacking and the powerless powers of guerrilla communication.

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26-10054-100Bartos56-18056-191

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pmROFLing the NewsBIG SRS BSNS: Internet Culture, Books, and TV60 Minutes with Tom JenningsSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal TheaterChat Roulette Room

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Mark Hale and Ken Lowery (FakeAPStylebook)Patrick Mulligan (Penguin Books)Tom Jennings (Creator of FIDOnet)Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

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Evan Gregory and Andrew Gregory (Autotune the News)Benjamin Bator (Texts from Last Night)Kevin Driscoll (USC) [Moderator]

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David Weinberger (Author, Cluetrain Manifesto + Everything Is Miscellaneous) [Moderator]Lauren Leto (Texts from Last Night)

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Erin Malone (WMA)

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Dan Shear (WMA)

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Christian Lander (Stuff White People Like) [Moderator]

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Journalism might be at its lowest, but making fun of the news is at an all time high. This panel assembles the internet's most recent leading lights of news mockery to talk about their experiences at the front lines. Also, perhaps most importantly, they'll be talking about the correctly using the phrase "Trial of the Century," and discussing whether or not the autotune is ever gonna go away. (Editorial note: NOPE)2009 saw internet culture jumping all over the place: magazines, newspapers, television deals, book deals, you name it. What role does the old school media industry have to play in internet culture? Is commercialization a standard part of how internet memes grow, or will it change the web for the worse? And, in the reverse, will these industries be changed by the flood of the internet peoples to their shores?Nothing is inevitable about the internet we inhabit today and no one knows this better than Tom Jennings. In the 1980s, he developed a radically decentralized network of hobbyist BBSes that connected thousands of people around the globe at a time when access to the internet was restricted to only a select few military and university personnel. Tom also witnessed the emergence of commercial internet culture in the early 1990s as the founder of TLGnet, a queer punk ISP responsible for WIRED magazine's first internet presence. Operating under a variety of guises, he has since tangled with the science and technology of the Cold War and the history of computation; produced land art involving Google Earth and road trips through desert; and built an array of hacked and restored automobiles (vintage rally cars == "art with rigor!") From Fido to 4chan, Tom brings a lively and provocative perspective to conversations about internet culture that is not to be missed.SMBC Theater was dreamed up by Zach Weiner and James Ashby as a low-fi punk rock style sketch show done on a skeleton budget over holidays and weekends.

Thanks to the encouragement of friends, it quickly became a carefully produced video production done on a skeleton budget over holidays and weekends. This will be a live edition filmed at ROFLCon.

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26-100

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pmMainstreaming the Web

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Jamie Wilkinson (internetfamo.us)

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Greg Rutter (Youshouldhaveseenthis.com)

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Kenyatta Cheese (Know Your Meme)

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Ben Huh (I can haz cheezburger?)

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moot (4chan.org)

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Tim Hwang and Christina Xu (ROFLCon)

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As web culture increasingly flows into the mainstream, it becomes enmeshed in a crowded world of businesses and commentators. In turn, it becomes more easily digestible and accessible to broad audiences. What are the ethics of being a part of that space? As this process continues, what is gained? What is left behind?

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6:30 pm - 7:00 pmClosing Remarks

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Tim Hwang (ROFLcon)

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Bartos

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7:00 pm - 8:30 pmRECEPTION (Old Media Lab, Bartos Foyer)

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8:30 pm - 10:00 pmBREAK FOR DINNER

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10:00 pm - 2:00 amOFFICIAL ROFLPARTY @ Machine (1254 Boylston Street, Boston, MA) [21+ / $5 cover]

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Teamed up with Boston favorite No Tomorrow and the mighty fine folks from Sleeveface, come and rofl the night away at our huge, all out, end-of-conference dance party.

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MidnightCOMPUTER BEACH PARTY (Coolidge Corner Theater - 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA) [18+ / $10 tickets]

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For the less party-inclined, our friends over at the Found Footage Festival are putting together a rare midnight screening of "Computer Beach Party" -- a cringe-inducing comedy from 1987 about a couple of guys, Andy and Dennis, who try to use their knowledge of computers to stop a greedy developer from turning their beloved beach into a tourist attraction. Movie features poorly-dubbed dialogue, a naive understanding of how computers work, and two musical performances by heavy metal band Panther. Tickets available at the door or at the Found Footage site: http://bit.ly/aRVUFm

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