TIMELINE OF FILM

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1964

Christopher Doyon (AKA "Commander X") is born and grows up in Maine & Massachusetts.

1985

CX sells LSD at Grateful Dead shows with the People's Liberation Front and joins the Anti-Apartheid protests.

1980s-1990s

CX joins several online organizations.

1992

CX sells LSD to an undercover FBI agent at a Grateful Dead show and is sentenced to 12 years in jail - he serves 5.

2003-2004

Christopher Poole creates 4Chan. Anonymous develops out of 4Chan.

January 2008

The Church of Scientology sends Gawker Media a cease-and-desist letter telling Gawker to take down their video of Tom Cruise talking about Scientology. Anonymous retaliates against Scientology.

March 15, 2008

Members of Anonymous protest the Church of Scientology on the streets while wearing their soon to be iconic Guy Fawkes mask.

2009

Barrett Brown creates Project PM to investigate the world of Private Intelligence, attracting the attention of the FBI. 

April 2010

Wikileaks releases footage of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

August 2010

 Protesters sleep on the steps of the Santa Cruz courthouse to protest the “sleeping ban” where it is illegal to sleep outside, alienating the homeless of Santa Cruz. During this time, CX gets arrested along with other protesters and will eventually hack the Santa Cruz county website in retaliation.

December 9, 2010 

Operation “Pay Back”/ Operation “Avenge Assange” occurs where Anonymous members hack Visa's and Mastercard’s websites to protest the credit card companies’ lack of support for Wikileaks

December 17, 2010 

Santa Cruz Cyber Attack- CX (and other online hackers) take down the Santa Cruz county website in retaliation to the Sleep Ban and the arrests at the Sleep Camp.

Early January 2011 

The Tunis Revolution starts when a fruit vendor sets himself on fire to protest the corruption of the local police. Anonymous will help with communication in the city to aid protesters shortly after.

Late January 2011 

The Arab Spring occurs where Anonymous also aids protesters with communication in the city.

October 1, 2011 

After getting arrested for the Santa Cruz hack, CX holds a press conference (against his attorney, Jay Leiderman’s advice) announcing who he is.

March 6, 2012

The FBI raid Barrett Brown for his hacking and Project PM.

May 2012

CX flees to Canada and starts doing interviews in Montreal.

May 2012

CX heads to Toronto for the premiere of We Are Legion.

Summer 2012

Ian Thornton meets CX in Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park where CX is homeless.

September 12, 2012

Barrett Brown is raided and arrested by the FBI for his continued hacking. He was sentenced to 63 months and serves 4 years in prison. 

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump gets elected US President. Shortly afterward, CX flees to Mexico, looking for political aslyum.

September 25, 2017

CX starts his mission “Operation Golden Eagle”- his escape from Canada to Mexico.

November 5, 2017

CX arrives in Mexico, on Guy Fawkes Day.

November 5, 2019

Ian Thornton visits CX in Mexico on Guy Fawkes Day during the filming of The Face of Anonymous. During their time there, they attend a “Million Mask March” protesting Julian Assange’s treatment for being a whistleblower.

December 5, 2019 

CX requests emergency refugee status to become a citizen of Mexico. 

April- May 2021 

The Face of Anonymous has its international premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival.

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