Following its showings at SXSW in Austin and Hot Docs in Toronto, VH1 is taking its original documentary “Downloaded” to theaters. The film, which is directed by Alex Winter (yes, Bill of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), charts the rise of online music-sharing service Napster and the contribution it made in leading up to the current ubiquity of digital media sharing, as well as its incalculable effect on the music industry. Mike D of The Beastie Boys, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and Henry Rollins are just a few of the musical figures interviewed in the film.
“This project has been important to me for many years and it’s been great to see it realized with the team at VH1 rockDocs,” said Winter in the announcement. “We’ve had a very strong festival run so far and I look forward to getting it out to a wider audience.”
“Downloaded” will play at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan on June 21 and Sundance Sunset Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 28, with more bookings scheduled in Albuquerque, Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Martha’s Vineyard, San Francisco and Seattle and other cities to come, in partnership with Abramorama. From July 1, the film will be available to view On Demand, which is incredibly appropriate considering the documentary’s exploration of the influence of digital media sharing — it will ultimately air on VH1.