Take a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Lisa documentary

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Take a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Lisa documentary
The Lisa was a crucial machine in Apple's history.
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A forthcoming documentary will tell the story of the Apple Lisa, quite possibly the most important “flop” in the company’s history.

Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa is planned for release in early 2020. With that date approaching, computer historian and director David Greelish shared some early scenes and the poster with Cult of Mac. Check them out below.

The documentary is planned to come in at 100 minutes long, divided into three parts. The first part will tell the story of the Apple Lisa, focused on its development, launch and untimely demise. The second part cover its life after Apple. The third segment will focus on Lisa enthusiasts who keep the computer’s legacy alive today.

Greelish says that Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa will contain more than a dozen interviews. This includes one with former Apple CEO John Sculley.

The footage above is clearly still rough, without the color grading or finished editing that will make the final cut. Greelish says that shorter and more polished trailers will follow as the documentary gets closer to a final release. Its making was funded via Kickstarter crowdfunding. Greelish originally hoped to have it completed by fall 2019. However, he has pushed that date back slightly to February 2020.

Take an early sneak peak at upcoming Apple Lisa documentary
Upcoming documentary will tell the story of Apple’s most famous flop.
Photo: David Greelish

If you like what you see from the teaser, you can pre-buy the Apple Lisa documentary here. Knowing what a knowledgable and passionate Apple fan Greelish is, I’m excited to see the finished results.

Have you ever used an Apple Lisa? What do you think counts as the most significant flop in Apple’s history? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.