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In 1998 Shawn Fanning, a teenage hacker and programmer, created the code that would become the basis for all peer-to-peer file sharing. In 1999, Fanning and his business partner, fellow teenager Sean Parker, launched the file-sharing service Napster. And what had begun as a largely unknown underground distribution medium erupted into a full-blown global revolution. "Downloaded" explores this revolution from its genesis to its peak, and explains Napster's downfall. "It's about the music and the bands, the fans and the moguls, and the brilliant young minds that ignited the biggest youth revolt since Alan Freed hit the radio," says director Alex Winter.

Director: Alex Winter

Executive Producer: Brad Abramson, Warren Cohen

Producer: Maggie Malina, Alex Winter, Devorah Devries

Cinematographer: Anghel Decca

Editor: Jacob Craycroft

Sound Designer: Eliza Paley

Music: DJ Spooky

Additional Credits: Graphics Artist: Petter Ringbom, Archival Producer: Jim McDonnell, Line Producer: Matt Wilson


Alex Winter started out as a child actor, starring on Broadway and then in films including the "Bill & Ted" franchise and "The Lost Boys". Alex co-created, co-wrote and starred in MTV's "The Idiot Box" and the Fox comedy "Freaked". Other directorial work includes "Fever", a Cannes Official Selection, and two Emmy-Nominated 'Ben 10' movies for Cartoon Network.

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