The South by Southwest (SXSW) conference has announced that the new Napster movie called “Downloaded”, about the peer-to-peer file-sharing service that revolutionized the music industry in the late 1990s and 2000s, is set to debut this March, on 10th during its Texas Film Festival. The 2013 SXSW runs from 8-17 March.
The documentary follows the rise and fall of Napster,”the birth of the digital revolution”, and looks at the life of its two founders, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker while they fight with the music record labels.
The company ended up getting acquired in 2008 by Best Buy for $121 million. Three years later, its subscribers and other assets were sold to the most popular Rhapsody.
According to VH1, which financed the film, the director Alex Winter, the child actor and an award-winning director, as well as the Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, will follow the screening on March 12. The cast includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and Jim Carrey.
“After more than a decade of declining sales of recorded music and imperfect attempts to present a licensed alternative, the influence of Napster continues to be felt,” according to a SXSW description of the service.
Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker teamed up again to launch Airtime in 2012, a social video network that is reportedly suffering from a stagnant user base.
Among the music-oriented films besides the Downloaded movie, are Ryan White’s “Good Ol’ Freda” about the Beatles’ secretary Freda Kelly, whose story has never been told.
The trailer for “Downloaded” was released last year, in December. You can check it out below:
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