The film, which features nearly 70 minutes of unedited dialogue between the Apple co-founder and technology expert Robert Cringely, derives its footage from a 1996 three-part miniseries for PBS written and hosted by Cringely called Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of the Accidental Empires.
In 1995, Cringely interviewed several high-profile personalities in Silicon Valley, including Microsoft executives Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen and Bill Gates, as well as Apple's Jobs and Steve Wozniak. At the time of the interview, Jobs was still working at NeXT, a computer company he founded after being ousted by Apple executives in 1985; by the time Triumph of the Nerds aired in 1996 however, Apple had acquired NeXT and Jobs was back at Apple after a 10-year exile.
Cringely called his interview with Jobs candid, controversial, and funny, but by the time the miniseries was released in 1996, less than 10 minutes [of Jobs' interview] were used in the series and the other 59 minutes were lost forever when the master tapes disappeared in shipping.
Fifteen years after the documentary aired, the original footage with Jobs resurfaced in London when the Triumph of the Nerds director found an old VHS tape in storage. Once he recovered it, Cringely connected with entrepreneur Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and the operator of Landmark Theatres, to bring the footage to audiences.
The unrated film, which features nearly 70 minutes of unedited dialogue between Cringely and Jobs, will air at Landmark Theaters across the U.S. on Nov. 16 and 17. Most theatres only feature two show times, 7:15 and 9:00 p.m., and participating cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.