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Launched in 1981 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many companies had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. SILICON COWBOYS explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today.

Directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen and produced by Ross M. Dinerstein (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI) and Glen Zipper (Academy Award®-winning UNDEFEATED), the film offers an insider’s look into the explosive rise of the 1980’s PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg. SILICON COWBOYS features interviews with Compaq founders Rod Canion, Jim Harris, and Bill Murto as well as Alec Berg, Executive Producer of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” and Chris Cantwell, co-creator of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.”

“A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing…vivid and evocative.” – Variety

“A lively look at an underexposed tech-biz success story.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Available for Pre-Order and On Demand 9/16

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Upcoming Screenings

Arlington, MA – opens 9/28
Regent Theatre – TICKETS

Cherry Hill, NJ – opens 9/16
Cherry Hill AMC – TICKETS

Chicago, IL – opens 9/16
Facets Cinémathèque – TICKETS 

Columbus, OH – opens 9/16
Gateway Film Center – TICKETS 

Grapevine, TX – opens 9/16
Grapevine Mills AMC 30 – TICKETS

Houston, TX – opens 9/16
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Vintage Park – TICKETS 

Los Angeles, CA – opens 9/16
Laemmle Playhouse – TICKETS 

Los Angeles, CA – opens 9/16
Laemmle Monica Film Center – TICKETS 

New York, NY – opens 9/16
Village East Cinema – TICKETS 

Phoenix, AZ – opens 9/16
Arizona Center AMC – TICKETS

San Jose, CA – opens 9/16
Camera 3 Cinema – TICKETS 

San Francisco, CA – opens 9/16
Roxie Theatre TICKETS
4-Star Theatre – TICKETS 

South Miami, FL – opens 9/16
Sunset Place AMC  – TICKETS

Westminster, CO – opens 9/16
Westminster Promenade AMC  – TICKETS



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