On Aug. 27, 2015, atombash.com was on the scene for the New York premiere of director Alex Gibney’s (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”) new film “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.” The screening was held at The Crosby Hotel. John Leguizamo, Amir Arison and Fisher Steven were spotted on the red carpet. Oscar-winning director Gibney pulls no punches in his portrait of Apple founder Steve Jobs and his legacy. This probing and unflinching look at the life and aftermath of the bold, brilliant and at times ruthless iconoclast explores what accounted for the grief of so many when he died. “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. The 127 minute Magnolia Pictures release will hit theaters and be available on demand on Sept. 4. Read our exclusive interview below:
SM: What drew you to Steve Jobs?
Alex Gibney: You know, he’s a larger than life character who created a company that is now the world’s most valuable company and he was the guy who convinced us all to think of machines as an extension of ourselves. So he’s a pretty important figure in our lives.
SM: What are your personal opinions on him?
AG: I admire him for his bravado, his vision, and his determination to execute that mission but I’m appalled by his cruelty, the kind of vicious corporate values that he practiced which I think have been underreported and the way that he would flout moral principles and laws even as he liked to convince people somehow he was the good guy.
SM: Were there any difficulties in compiling the film, deciding what to keep and what not to keep?
AG: Deciding what to keep and what not to keep was always hard and this film, I mean, he’s a big character. On TV, we had a movie that would’ve played it at four hours, but I think that, inevitably, you have to shrink it down. I think that it was difficult to make the film because both Apple and his widow tried very hard to keep people from talking to us but ultimately we broke through those barriers.
SM: Some Apple executives weren’t supportive of the film?
AG: Eddy Cue famously tweeted about it out of the screening at South by Southwest. I’m not sure that Eddy was actually there, but if he was, anyways, that’s how he felt. I know for a fact that a lot of very prominent executives who worked with Steve have seen the film and think it’s a pretty accurate portrait.
SM: What do you hope to accomplish with the film?
AG: I think it’s about values ultimately. I think it’s about our own personal values and how well we relate to computers and also I think it’s about corporate values. When we think about these very powerful corporations that have so much control over our lives and are we really holding them to account in ways that we should.