Inquiring Minds

Bill & Ted's Alex Winter Examines Napster's Fall In SXSW Doc Downloaded

Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Idiot Box) has spent the last decade trying to make a movie about Napster, the revolutionary peer-to-peer filesharing site that changed the music industry forever. Winter met Napster founder Shawn Fanning in 2002 and was instantly energized by the possibility of telling the company's story.

Originally, the film was supposed to be a fictional narrative along the lines of The Social Network, but now Winter has almost completed Downloaded as a documentary, with a screening due at SXSW.

"I felt that what Napster was doing was the biggest youth revolution since the '60s," says Winter by phone. "I couldn't understand why that wasn't obvious to everyone else. This was the beginning of something very, very important."

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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