Promotional poster for Startup.com
|Directed by||Jehane Noujaim
|Produced by||D.A. Pennebaker
|Editing by||Chris Hegedus
|Distributed by||Artisan Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||January 21, 2001 (Sundance Film Festival)
May 25, 2001 (wide)
August 30, 2001 (Australia)
September 7, 2001 (United Kingdom
|Running time||107 min.|
Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film that chronicles the dot-com start-up phenomenon and its eventual end. The film follows e-commerce website govWorks and its founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman from 1999-2000 as the Internet bubble was bursting.
The film was made by Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus. Noujaim had been Kaleil Tuzman's Harvard classmate and began filming Tuzman as he quit his job at Goldman Sachs, to begin govWorks with his high school friend Tom Herman. Noujaim contacted Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker for help in financing the project. The film was distributed by Artisan Entertainment (which was later acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment).
The film was shot in digital video. The filmmakers shot for over two years, and were editing the more than 400 hours of video and film right up to their Sundance Film Festival premiere in early 2001. They re-edited the last few minutes of the film just prior to its May 2001 theatrical release.