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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Digital Democracy Doc "#killswitch"

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com June 27, 2011 at 5:0AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Art from Ali Akbarzadeh's in-production doc "#killswitch." [Image courtesy of the filmmakers]

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"#killswitch"

Tweetable Logline:

#killswitch is a feature-length documentary built on the premise that decentralized information is essential for democracy.

Elevator Pitch:

Imagine if your favorite website was blocked or slowed down because it competed with the corporation that “owned” the Internet bandwidth. How would you react if your posts on Facebook were censored by the government? What would happen if independent blogs and news media became priced out of the Internet because they couldn’t afford the rates charged for a new Internet fast lane? What kind of power should lie within the governments? Should they have the ability to have a virtual Kill Switch?

We find these threats to the free and open Internet to be the single greatest danger to democracy today. #killswitch the film will inform and inspire action in a population largely unaware of these important issues.

Production Team:

Director: Ali Akbarzadeh
Producer: Jeff Horn (Akorn Entertainment)
Writer: Chris Dollar
Cinematography: Joshua Lang
Editor: Hannah Barnick

About the production:

"Two events inspired me to make this film and they both happened in January 2011. An autocratic dictator shut down the Internet in Egypt in an attempt to thwart revolution, and here in America, the FCC blessed the Comcast/NBCU merger. To me, these events represent two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, the Internet was shut down by a government to suppress speech, on the other, the lack of government oversight over a 'deregulated industry' allowed for a Content Creator to merge with and Internet Service Provider which I believe is a threat to our speech as Americans. This film will explain why." -- Ali Akbarzadeh

Current Status:

The team is currently in production, having shot about 20 hours of footage of interviews with academics and advisers. So far, the project has been self-funded and the team is looking for more funds on Kickstarter.

For more information and to support the film:

Kickstarter page

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