Posted by Matt Rosenberg on January 24, 2013 at 1:07 am
What a way to amp up SXSW.
ALEX WINTER DOCUMENTARY “DOWNLOADED”
MAKES WORLD PREMIERE AT SXSW 2013
Actor/Filmmaker Alex Winter and Napster Co-founders Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker and Others to Appear at SXSW Festival Screenings, Panels and Events;
Film Joins VH1’s Emmy-Winning “Rock Docs” Franchise After Theatrical Run
“Without Napster, there is no Internet.” –Rupert Murdoch
NEW YORK, NY- January 15, 2013- Noted filmmaker and actor Alex Winter’s comprehensive music and technology documentary DOWNLOADED is an official selection of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals, festival organizers have announced. The film, one of VH1’s celebrated “Rock Docs,” previewed last year in a SXSW panel discussion, will make its world premiere at the renowned multimedia Festival. “DOWNLOADED is directed and produced by Alex Winter and co-produced by Maggie Malina. Overseeing for VH1 are Warren Cohen, Brad Abramson, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde. Consulting producer for “Downloaded” is Thomas Zimny, editor Jacob Craycroft and the director of photography is Anghel Decca.
There will be three events tied into the film during SXSW: first with the gala world premiere and Q&A with Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker March 10; a panel, Downloaded: The Digital Revolution Tuesday, March 12, 11:00AM to noon at The Long Center (Convergence Panel open to all badge types) with Winter, Parker, Fanning, and other guests discussing the impact of Napster on the present day. Finally, there’s another panel in the music section of the Festival, Downloaded: The Music Industry in the Digital Age on Thursday, March 14 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Austin Convention Center, discussing the impact of new technologies on music and other industries; with further screenings TBA.
The recently released trailer for the film premiered last week at http://vimeo.com/55214958 and quickly garnered more than half a million views. Visit https://www.facebook.com/DownloadedDoc and on Twitter @downloaded_doc.
Several years in the making, DOWNLOADED focuses on the advent of digital file sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and its controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift, upended the music business and musical artists and changed the world.
“When Napster launched the peer-to-peer phenomenon,” Winter explains, “a new frontier was birthed out of the ether. We’re still reeling from the arrival of this new landscape. And while there has certainly been evolution in the world of social media and networks, nothing currently exists that embodies the full functionality that Napster had twelve years ago. I think it has something to do with the youthful naïveté of launching a new technology without either concern or full understanding of its disruptive nature.”
Winter filmed many participants in this saga besides Fanning and Parker, including artists such as Noel Gallagher, DJ Spooky (who also did the music for the film), Mike D from the Beastie Boys and Henry Rollins to name a few; label heads including Don Ienner, Chris Blackwell, Seymour Stein and other industry executives, government officials and leaders in the world of civil and digital rights, such as Grateful Dead lyricist, poet and essayist and “cyberlibertarian” activist JP Barlow and Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig.
Winter explains that his film, started life as a dramatized narrative, rather like THE SOCIAL NETWORK. “It’s great to see how ‘narrative’ it still feels as a documentary, owing to the dramatic tension and highly charged nature of the events,” Winter says. “But the documentary approach really allowed the fractal nature of the story to be exploited, as each player and theme can be fully expressed. Unlike a narrative, there’s no need to strictly adhere to one journey. And that’s one of the main reasons I shifted from narrative to doc.”