21st Festival Films


© Jan Tenhaven
© Jan Tenhaven

Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 5:00 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
World Premiere
In Person: Director Jan Tenhaven and Cinematographer Sven Kiesche
90 mins. Germany (2017). Digital Projection. English and German w/ English subtitles. Documentary Film.
Director/Writer: Jan Tenhaven
Featuring: Andy Hertzfeld, Lee Felsenstein, Daniel Kottke, John Markoff, Tim Paterson, Larry Tesler, Jennifer Warnes, Jim Warren
Cinematography: Sven Kiesche
Editor: Oliver Szyza
Producer: Stephan Lamby
Commissioning Editor: Gudrun Wolter (WDR/ARTE)
World Sales: ZDF Enterprises

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This documentary tells the forgotten stories of some of the most influential personal computer pioneers in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the late 1960s, big mainframe computers owned by large corporations and the government were seen as tools of control. The Hippie movement and the anti-Vietnam war protests served as a hotbed for a revolutionary idea: creating an affordable home computer to be used by ordinary people – as a counterbalance to Big Brother. Well, the rest is history, but what has happened to the early ideals and the initial ethos of free sharing? As one of the visionaries puts it: “It’s true that what I helped to create is today’s establishment. That’s what I was trying to get rid of: the establishment.”

Presented with the support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco.

Community Outreach Partner: SF IndieFest