Steve Jobs Lost Interview – Steve Jobs is coming to a theater near you in an interview that’s been dubbed a lost documentary. It’s missing footage that the Apple co-founder gave about 15 years ago for a public TV miniseries.
The basis for a new documentary that will be shown in Landmark Theatres around the country Nov. 16 and 17.
Curiosity about the compelling and enigmatic man behind the Apple computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad has skyrocketed since his death from cancer a month ago. A new biography of the iPhone-maker by Walter Isaacson is on top of the bestseller list, and a “60 Minutes” show featuring a lengthy segment on the book drew almost 13 million viewers for CBS.
The movie is from a conversation he conducted with Robert Cringely for the 1996 miniseries “Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires.” The show, about the origins of the personal computer industry and the emergence of Silicon Valley as a technology hub, ran on PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in Britain.
Although Jobs gave a 70-minute interview to Cringely, the finished product contained only 10 minutes of it. When Cringely was making the sequel, “Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet,” he went looking for the rest of the footage, but it had vanished.
“We lost all the raw footage completely,” Cringely said.
Unbeknown to Cringely, Paul Sen, director of “Triumph of the Nerds,” had dubbed a VHS copy and chucked it in the back of his garage in a London suburb, where it was lost in dust for years.
After Jobs died, Sen went looking for the interview. He told Cringely of his find and suggested that perhaps Cringely could put it on his technology blog I Cringely as a “gift to the world.”