‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has been selected as the opening film of the 58th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival on April 23.

Gibney is expected to attend the screening of the film, which includes interviews with Jobs’ close friends and former colleagues, at the Castro Theater.

Magnolia Pictures  acquired North American rights to the documentary following its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival, where it earned strong reviews for its look at Jobs’ prickly leadership style and his influence in shaping Silicon Valley culture.

Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender, opens Oct. 9. Gibney is an Oscar winner for “Taxi to the Dark Side.”

“The End of the Tour,” James Ponsoldt’s portrait of David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, has been set for May 2 as the festival’s Centerpiece title. Ponsoldt and Segel are expected to attend.

The festival will close May 7 with Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede to authority.

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