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Film Independent Presents: General Magic


Free Members-Only Screening

Includes a conversation with co-director Matt Maude, executive producer Michael Stern, and General Magic co-founder Marc Porat


This is the story of one of history’s most talented technology teams. From the first smartphones to touchscreens, e-commerce, eBay to emoticons, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic, a 1989 Silicon Valley startup that you’ve never heard of. The award-winning documentary is a tale of how a great vision, grave betrayal and an epic failure changed the world. Find out how the first smartphone wasn’t Apple’s… Featuring members of the original 1984 Macintosh team alongside the creators of the iPhone, Android and eBay, these designers, engineers and entrepreneurs saw the future decades before it happened. The film captures the spirit of those of us who dare to dream big and the life-changing consequences when we fail, fail again, fail better, and ultimately succeed.

2019, 93 minutes, color, DCP | Directed and produced by Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude


Ticketing/Parking Information – ArcLight Hollywood

Film Independent Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12:00 pm Wednesday, April 17. | Screening tickets are free; limit two per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.

Validated parking in theater garage, $3.00 for up to 4 hours. $2.00 every 15 minutes thereafter, up to a maximum of $14.00.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets may be picked up at ArcLight Hollywood on the day of the event, as early as 6:00 pm – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are for general, unreserved theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat(s) 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry/seating will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who reserved them.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.