Austin Free-Net Premieres Short Film, The Austin Matrix

For immediate release
October 12, 2011

Contact: Juanita Budd, Executive Director, Austin Free-Net (512) 236-8225 x21
Sheena Colbath Harden, Director of Communications, Austin Free-Net (512) 236-8225 x11

Local nonprofit Austin Free-Net (AFN) has produced a short film and public service announcement, “The Austin Matrix,” inspired by the 1999 feature film The Matrix.

Created by volunteers and Austin staff, “The Austin Matrix” demonstrates the difficulties of searching for jobs without computer skills and Internet access.

Austin Matrix Executive Producer (and AFN staffer) Sheena Colbath Harden said recently, “We wanted to produce something geeky and fun that will appeal to Austinites of all ages. It also clearly demonstrates the digital divide in our community and how Austin Free-Net works to bridge that gap.”

“The Austin Matrix” premieres on November 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Following the premier, AFN will play The Matrix. The event is open to the public and will feature a raffle and costume contest. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds benefit Austin Free-Net.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit For more information on Austin Free-Net, hours and locations of public labs and classes please visit


Austin Free-Net (AFN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing technology training and access for the community, fostering skills that enable people to succeed in the digital age. AFN computer labs are open to all; our focus in on underserved communities. The knowledge we offer helps people obtain jobs, improve their lives and participate as active citizens. AFN’s office is located at 2209 Rosewood Avenue, Austin Texas 78702; phone: 512.236.8225. For more see