‘Joybubbles’, A Documentary About a Legendary Blind Phone Hacker

Joybubbles is a forthcoming documentary directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Rachael Morrison that tells the story of Joe “Joybubbles” Engressia Jr., a legendary and whimsical blind hacker who helped pioneer the art of “phone phreaking.”

Gifted with perfect pitch, he realized that if he whistled the exact tone of 2600Hz into the telephone receiver, he could make free phone calls and explore the inner workings of the telephone network. His incredible skill for hacking the network eventually awarded him the nickname “The Whistler,” and he became famous among a group of underground telephone hackers who called themselves phone phreaks.

The film is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.



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