May 9

New Tech in the Spotlight

Technology has been the driving force behind television show and movie plots for decades. Hollywood filmmakers and TV producers have recognized the need to capture the digital age for movie lovers whose lives have become inseparable from their social media and technological counterparts.

Check out our finds for some unique films and TV shows that have caught our attention.

  • HBO’s smash hit Silicon Valley. This depiction of startup culture premiered April 6, 2014 and is already averaging 5.4 million viewers per episode. The show follows main character Richard, a tech genius, who invents a file compression algorithm that ignites a bidding war in the NorCal tech hub. The show is partly inspired by its creator Mike Judge and his time spent as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
  • This fascinating documentary will be of interest to anyone thinking of launching a startup. It follows Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, founders of e-commerce site govWorks, for one year as they navigate through the world.
  • Halt and Catch Fire. The 1980s were full of tech aficionados attempting to build the next big thing. Set in the “Silicon Prairie” of Dallas Texas, this drama follows a former IBM executive on his quest to reverse engineer the corporation’s first PC. This new series is set to premier on AMC on June 1.
  • #140 Characters: A Documentary about Twitter. The lives of four ordinary people are documented in this film that explores the impact of the social media giant, “Twitter”, on human nature and everyday life.
  • Inside. When Intel partnered with Toshiba for this movie thriller, viewers were able to use social media to help the film’s protagonist Christina survive. This “real-time experience” hit screens on July 25, 2011, with the entire film available for online viewing a few months later.

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