Pop culture musings – ‘Downloaded’ set to hit theatres
June 21st has been announced as the theatrical release date for Alex Winter’s documentary “Downloaded”.
Presenting the story of Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, and chronicling Napster’s prominent rise and dramatic fall, the film addresses the evolution of digital music sharing over the internet – namely, how programs such as Napster have affected and changed contemporary society.
Directed by Alex Winter, the new documentary features interviews with Fanning and Parker, as well as discussions with music legends such as Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Noel Gallagher and Henry Rollins; former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner; former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell; essayist and ‘cyberlibertarian’ JP Barlow; and Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig.
Earlier in March, the film had its world premiere at SXSW, followed by a panel discussion with Winter, Fanning and Parker.
The film will become available for download at the iTunes Store on July 1st.