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SF DocFest, Week Two 

Wednesday, Jun 8 2016
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SF DocFest continues into its second week with more totally-true journeys through time and space. Jason Cohen's Silicon Cowboys looks back on the glory days of Compaq computers in the 1980s, their "IBM clones" and battles with that monolithic company, and how Compaq paved the way for the device you carry in your pocket. A more current computer cowboy is Google executive Alan Eustace, whose daring, spacesuited leap from high above the planet is documented in Adam Davis, Erich Sturm, Jerry Kolber, and Trey Nelson's 14 Minutes from Earth. Bobby J. Brown's Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic goes beyond the stratosphere to where the Mothership awaits, tracing the history of George Clinton's supergroovalisticprosifunksticatious collective from the 1950s through their heyday in the 1970s. From farther into the solar system comes the return of the Movie Roast, the same horrible people who made fun of Space Jam at IndieFest this year. They're now riffing on The Principle, which was internet-famous in 2014 for roping Kate Mulgrew and Lawrence Krauss into participating in a documentary which suggests that Copernicus was wrong and that the Earth is at the center of the universe. Then again, if the Movie Roast is making fun of it, it might well be true.

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