Communications alumna helps bring Steve Jobs film to life

Broadcast communications major Erin Barnett '09 served as second editor on "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a recently released documentary directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.

Erin Barnett '09 (left) smiles in front of a poster for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a documentary she worked on under the direction of Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. Photo courtesy of Erin Barnett
​Erin Barnett ’09, a graduate of Elon University’s School of Communications, served as a key member of the creative team behind “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” which received its theatrical release over Labor Day weekend.

The broadcast communications major, who was credited as the film’s second editor, worked under the direction of Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. The documentary takes an extensive look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Here is a trailer for the new film.

In recent days, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has received positives reviews from The New York Times and USA Today.

The Times review says, “Mr. Gibney, a prolific documentarian, not only charts Mr. Jobs’s extraordinary record of marketing and innovation, but also presents a merciless anatomy of a complicated public character … Mr. Gibney has produced his own penetrating cultural commentary amid the smorgasbord of interviews and archival Jobsiana, braiding together tough questions about the particular modern world Mr. Jobs helped create.”

​Among Barnett’s other credits is “Food Chains,” a 2014 documentary about the oppressive conditions faced by migrant farmworkers.

As an Elon undergraduate, Barnett completed two films, “Bridging the Digital Divide,” shot at the first-ever global Internet Governance Forum for Imagining the Internet, and “My Name is Anita,” about Namibian AIDS activist Anita Isaacs for Elon’s Project Pericles.

“Steve Jobs: Man In the Machine” is playing in select theaters, and available on video on demand and online at iTunes and Google Play.