Sir Tim Berners-Lee changed the world when he created the World Wide Web in 1989—he now emerges to tell his story for the first time and discuss new threats to Internet access as we know it.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
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In 1989 a young computer programmer from London changed the world forever when he created the World Wide Web. As colossal as that achievement is, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is far from being a household name, and very few people know his story. Instead of monetizing his invention, a step that would propel him toward fame and fortune, Berners-Lee refused to seek a patent on the internet, making it a free and accessible resource for everyone. This decision sparked a global revolution and completely changed the way individuals communicate and obtain information forever. In Jessica Yu's (Last Call at the Oasis, Misconception) documentary, the focus is placed on the development and early stages of Berners-Lee's internet, as well as the call for net neutrality and the campaign for the World Wide Web to remain free and accessible for all. Combining footage that has become endearingly (and rapidly) nostalgic—clunky '90s PCs, text-heavy programs, and awkward website designs—with interviews with the mystery man responsible for our hyperconnectivity, foreveryone.net shows the power of the internet and the importance of Sir Tim Berners-Lee's continued vision.
Director Jessica Yu and subject Sir Tim Berners-Lee are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield.
Jessica Yu is an internationally renowned filmmaker whose films include the Academy Award-Winning Breathing Lessons, Misconception (2014), Last Call at the Oasis (2011), and In the Realms of the Unreal (2004).
- Director: Jessica Yu
- Principal Cast: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Mary Lee Berners-Lee, Jeff Jaffe, Jonathan Zittrain, Tilly Blyth
- Premiere Status: World Premiere
- Country: USA, United Kingdom
- Year: 2016
- Running Time: 35 minutes
- Producer: Lisa Remington, Jessica Yu
- Screenplay: Jessica Yu
- Cinematographers: Josh Salzman, Chris Openshaw
- Editors: Azin Samari
- Music: Jeff Beal
- Website: Official Film Website
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Submarine Entertainment