TrustMovies is not sure what possessed Mr. Winter (shown at left) to embark on this doc (maybe his love of music and/or hatred of the original pirates of the industry, those very large music companies and their masters). Whatever -- he has put together a consistently enthralling look at Napster and its most important workers, how and why the idea (and later the company itself) came about, how it grew and grew until it boasted 50 million users and then... Well, if its amazing two-year history (yes: It lasted only from June 1999 through July 2001) somehow passed you by, it is all here in this 107-minute movie. And however you may feel about the company and its maybe-not-all-that-well-thought-out "purpose" going into the film, I can almost guarantee you'll feel at least a little differently coming out.
Dr. Dre and Metallica only added to the bizarre mix of motives and actions. (Both the doc and those metal boys received a million bucks from Napster, even as the company was going under).
Village East Cinema and will hit Los Angeles' Sundance Sunset Cinemas on Friday, June 28. Additional theatrical bookings are also scheduled for cities around the country through mid-August, in partnership with specialty distributor Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama. On July 1, the film will debut on all leading On-Demand platforms, in partnership with digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.