When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 70’s, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal tech revolution and combatting giants like Apple & IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of modern technological design, 8-Bit dives into the home computer explosion, exploring Commodore’s key role in shaping the future in which we now live.
A labor of love from people who love the 8bit era, for people who are passionate or just beginning to learn. 8bit is generation of beautiful blocky machines, young entrepreneurs, visionaries and a trove of teens that came to be captivated with all things computing.
June 2010 - Bruno Grampa, Tomaso Walliser & Junk Food begin to collect first hand accounts of the 8bit era from those who knew it best. September 2014 - they amass hundreds of hours of video and piece together teasers for XOXO Festival 2014 in Portland, OR. 8bit gets a roaring response and the rest is history: Junk Food turns to Kickstarter to complete the project. Selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick and successfully funded in August 2015, 8-Bit premiered at the Computer History Museum on March 30, 2016 before teaming up with BOND/360 to release the vision worldwide!
December 2016 - you can now WATCH 8-BIT online directly in our SHOP or STEAM! The Commodore 64's creation and Jack Tramiel's mission to bring "computing to the masses" will forever remain a critical moment in the tech revolution - a moment that went on to shape the fate of technology as we know it today. Sign up for the 8-BIT NEWSLETTER to stay up-to-date with our follow up film, Easy to Learn, Hard to Master.