Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Many of us think of Alex Winter only as Bill S. Preston, Esq., the most excellent co-star of the Bill and Ted movies. But since those films were released, the actor has found himself behind the camera quite often, directing theatrical and TV movies, and TV shows. Then last year he signed to make a documentary about the cultural milestone Napster, an online music sharing software that not only changed the way we consume music, but changed the internet as well. That project, called Downloaded, seems to be nearing completion and the first trailer has been released. Check it out below.
Talk about a great trailer. For me, as someone who was in college from 1998-2002 at the height of the Napster revolution, it’s a real trip down memory lane.
There’s no word on when you might see the film in full, but it’ll likely premiere on VH1 as they were the ones who funded it. Winter says he’ll announce that info on his site. Here’s how they described the film at that time:
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The rise and fall of Napster and the birth of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology created by Shawn Fanning when he was a college student, changed music to movies, and made possible everything from Julian Assange, WikiLeaks to the iPod and Facebook. It became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work. And it is a fascinating human story, where this 18-year-old kid invents a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, and brings it to the world six months later.