This year at Macworld 2009, two documentary films about the Mac held screenings. While we didn't have anyone on-site at MacHEADS, a few of us were fortunate enough to attend Thursday night's screening of Welcome to Macintosh.
Welcome to Macintosh, a documentary by Josh Rizzo and Rob Baca, chronicles the history of Apple and the Mac, using interviews with the people and the users that were there. Tony Walla contributed a great piece about the film last April, which fills in more background.
While the film is amazing (the DVD is available now and it is chock-full of awesome), the discussion after the screening was truly magical. Five of the participants from the film, along with Very Special Guest, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, appeared on-stage and answered questions from the crowd. (See the Woz answer our own Mike Rose's question here)Read on for more historic geekiness...
Check out the gallery, as it is truly historic, but here is a run-down of the participants:
- Andy Hertzfeld, member the original Macintosh Developer Team and one of the true "fathers" of the original Macintosh. Andy's website, Folklore.org spawned the terrific book, Revolution in the Valley.
- Guy Kawasaki, Apple Evangelist who worked for Apple in the 1980s and again in the 1990s (in the good and the bad). His latest project is Alltop, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics, including mac.alltop.com, an excellent repository of all things Mac.
- Ron Wayne, creator of the original Apple logo and the third co-founder of the original Apple Computer (before it was incorporated in 1977).
- Leander Kahney, author of The Cult of Mac and a managing editor for Wired
- Jim Reekes, twelve year Apple veteran who amongst other things, is responsible for the Mac Startup Sound. Jim is the true scene-stealer in Welcome to Macintosh
Want to see Welcome to Macintosh for yourself? Tomorrow January 12, 2009, The Digital Lifestyle will be streaming the film in its entirety at 9:30 PM ET. During the screening, filmmakers Rob Baca and Josh Rizzo will be participate in a live chat about the film and answer questions from viewers. If you haven't had a chance to see the film, tomorrow night is a great time. The DVD is available now and the directors are in talks to get the film available through iTunes, Netflix and other retail channels.