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Promotional poster for
Directed by Jehane Noujaim
Chris Hegedus
Produced by D.A. Pennebaker
Chris Hegedus
Rebecca Marshall
Jehane Noujaim
Frazer Pennebaker
Edward Rugoff
Cinematography Jehane Noujaim
Edited by Chris Hegedus
Jehane Noujaim
Erez Laufer
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release dates
  • January 21, 2001 (2001-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • May 25, 2001 (2001-05-25) (U.S. wide)
  • August 30, 2001 (2001-08-30) (Australia)
  • September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07) (UK)
Running time
107 min.
Country United States
Language English is a 2001 documentary film about tech dot-com start-up the hottest startup in the e-government space that raised $60 million USD in funding from KKR, Hearst Interactive Media, Sapient, and the New York Investment Fund. The startup did not survive but it became a reference for lessons learned, as a documentary was made about it, directed by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. The film follows govWorks founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman from 1999-2000 as the Internet bubble was bursting.


The film was produced and directed by D.A. Pennebaker, who directed the War Room, and many other Oscar nominated films and documentaries, his wife Chris Hegedus, and by Egyptian-American film director Jehane Noujaim. 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]


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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