AUTHOR: American director Alex Winter for VH1 Rock Docs.
DESCRIPTION: The revolution introduced by Napster is finally documented. Interviews of Napster’s co-creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker along with interventions from other music professionals and artists bring us back to 1999, the year when free (and illegal) music download made its big entrance. The service was only operational for two short years but it was long enough to turn upside down the entire music industry. The upcoming documentary will debut at the 2013 edition of SXSW in Austin and should air on VH1 in spring 2013.
AMUSEMENT RATE: The sound of the 56k modem at the beginning of the trailer immediately reminds us of the numerous hours we’ve spent in front of Napster waiting an entire hour for a single song to download. We can judge a movie based on its trailer but no matter how good Downloaded is, it deserves our attention for documenting a crucial moment of the history of the Internet. The P2P file sharing service’s impact reaches far beyond music. It has deeply changed our society’s consumption of cultural goods and participated in shaping the Internet we know today.
Source: The Awesomer