After a very, very long time, I'm pleased to announce some news regarding Stella at 20!
In the summer of 1997, AtariAge member Glenn Saunders (mos6507) gathered Atari veterans together to reminisce about the golden age of videogames and to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Atari 2600. Capturing the proceedings on video, he created the two-volume documentary: Stella at 20.
Available only on VHS, the documentary has been out-of-print for many years. And while there have been requests over the years for a DVD edition, efforts to re-edit the original footage into an expanded version were ultimately abandoned.
In order to preserve this historical footage and share it with the Atari community, Glenn decided to put all of the original, unedited camera tapes online for all to enjoy. Altogether, the tapes comprise nearly 14 hours worth of rare and amazing material.
The tapes contain a treasure-trove of history, stories, anecdotes and insights into the golden age of Atari, the creation of the Atari 2600, and the rise and fall of the early days of the videogame industry. As these are unedited (save for in-camera edits made during filming), the material is presented as-is, “warts and all”. This was done for the sake of preserving history, and to give Atari fans a rare opportunity to be a fly on the wall during these once-in-a-lifetime interviews and gatherings.
The list of people interviewed is a veritable “who’s who” of the early years of Atari, Activision and Imagic, including:
- Al Alcorn
- Nolan Bushnell
- David Crane
- Joe Decuir
- Steve DeFrisco
- Tod Frye
- Rob Fulop
- John Harris
- Jim Huether
- Larry Kaplan
- Dennis Koble
- Rick Maurer
- Steve Mayer
- Al Miller
- Ron Milner
- Doug Neubauer
- Carol Shaw
- Bob Smith
- Larry Wagner
...plus rare archival footage of Jay Miner, from 1989.
The Stella at 20 camera tapes are available to watch in their entirety at Archive.org:
Stella at 20 was produced and directed by Glenn Saunders.
Production funding and support provided by Jim Nitchals.
Post-production funding and support provided by Joe Decuir.
Digitizing and uploading to Archive.org by Nathan Strum (details here).