2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Silicon Cowboys

Saturday, March 12
2:15PM - 3:33PM


Hashtags: #sxsw #siliconcowboys

Launched in 1982 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 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 Oscar®-nominated director Jason Cohen, the film offers a fresh look at the explosive rise of the 1980's PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 78min

Director: Jason Cohen

Executive Producer: Jason Cohen, Samantha Housman

Producer: Ross M. Dinerstein, Glen Zipper

Screenwriter: Steven Leckart, Jason Cohen

Cinematographer: Svetlana Cvetko

Editor: Jake Pushinsky

Music: Ian Hultquist

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Lydia Dunham, Steven Leckart


Director Jason Cohen has produced and directed all formats of film and television on projects that cover a broad range of topics over the past 20 years. Cohen’s FACING FEAR, a story of forgiveness between a former Neo-Nazi and the victim of his hate crime attack 25 years earlier, was nominated for an Oscar® for best documentary short subject in 2014.

Public Film Contact
Ross Dinerstein
(310) 253-9950

Publicity Contact
David Magdael



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