My boss at Final Frame Post (who onlined, colored, and finished "Inside Job") is sympathetic to our cause and has given me the OK to use one of our available towers to transcode footage tomorrow after 7pm-ish.
I've used this machine once before for this purpose, and it really screams. The other day I used it to transcode at at least 60 frames per second.
Please keep me updated tomorrow. I'm going to be at work from 10-7 but can start crunching/cutting after that if need be.