Host to Host

At 10.30pm at night on October 29th 1969, a team led by Leonard Kleinrock at the University of California, Los Angeles logged onto a computer at the Stanford Research Institute. The Internet had taken its first breath. In a face to face interview, Professor Leonard Kleinrock recalls that world-changing moment and the incidents in his life that led to it.

  • Jim Boulton
  • JAKe Detonator
    Executive Producer
  • Mia Freitas
  • Will Dorrien-Smith
    Director of Photography
    Life Below Zero
  • Leonard Kleinrock
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jim Boulton

Jim Boulton is a digital archaeologist, he restores and exhibits technological artifacts, collecting oral histories from their creators.

Jim has spoken about digital preservation at the Library of Congress, shared the stage with Tim Berners-Lee at the Southbank's Web We Want festival and had his work exhibited at the Tate Modern.

His Digital Archaeology exhibition was exhibited at London's Barbican Art Centre before going on world tour. He is the author of "100 Ideas that Changed the Web" and has written several comics starring Unsung Heroes of the Information Age.

Lynn Conway is currently teaching him how to design and fabricate microchips, based on the course she taught at MIT in 1978.

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Director Statement

The Internet and I took our first breaths in 1969. To celebrate our 50th birthdays, I went on a pilgrimage to 3420 Boelter Hall, at the University of California, where the first computer was connected to the Internet. At 10.30pm on 29th October 1969, the Information Age was born.

I was hosted by Professor Leonard Kleinrock, who shared his memories of that world-changing moment, and the events in his life that led to it. Like many of those responsible for laying the foundations of our connected world, Kleinrock did this work without expectation of personal gain.

Information is power. Some exploit it, others set it free. It's the battle at the heart of the Internet. This film salutes the selfless pioneers who birthed the Information Age and celebrates the original spirit of the Internet, one of generosity, openness, and collaboration. Long may it continue.