Startup.com

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Startup.com
Startup dot com.jpg
Promotional poster for Startup.com
Directed by Jehane Noujaim
Chris Hegedus
Produced by D.A. Pennebaker
Chris Hegedus
Rebecca Marshall
Jehane Noujaim
Frazer Pennebaker
Edward Rugoff
Cinematography Jehane Noujaim
Editing by Chris Hegedus
Jehane Noujaim
Erez Laufer
Studio Artificial Eye
Noujaim Films
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release dates January 21, 2001 (Sundance Film Festival)
May 25, 2001 (wide)
August 30, 2001 (Australia)
September 7, 2001 (United Kingdom
Running time 107 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

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.

Production[edit]

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.

Since the release of the film, Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman have worked together at Recognition Group and JumpTV.[1][2]

Parody[edit]

The film was parodied by the 2002 mockumentary Dot, which featured Simeon Schnapper as Si Phateuxx, the parodical counterpart of Kaleil Tuzman.

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