EXCLUSIVE: Alex Winter is staying online. Coming off Downloaded, this year’s documentary about the rise and fall of Napster, the Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure co-star is looking to direct a film about virtual currency and the dark side of the Internet. The helmer is teaming with Bond360 founder Marc Schiller – with whom he worked on Downloaded — and producer Glen Zipper (Undefeated) on Deep Web: The Untold Story Of Bitcoin And Silk Road. Winter will be taking part of the docu from the headline-grabbing arrest last month of Ross William Ubricht, the so-called “Dread Pirate Roberts” and founder of black market website Silk Road. “The true story of Bitcoin has all the twists and turns of a cyberpunk thriller,” the team said in a statement. “Through Bitcoin we will enter the secret world of Silk Road as we follow a group of computer hackers creating a ‘dark web,’ which has led to the rise of a new class of cyber drug lords that’s currently playing out in headlines around the world.” True to the topic, the trio plans to use Kickstarter to fund the project as well as allowing people to contribute using Bitcoin, the fast-growing and unregulated digital currency. Winter is repped …
Alex Winter’s documentary about the rise and fall of Napster will open at Manhattan’s Village East Cinema on Friday, June 21 and the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 28, VH1 announced today. Focusing on Napster and its founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, Downloaded examines the rise of digital media sharing and “VH1 is so proud of this timely project, and we want to showcase it in as many ways as possible,” said Brad Abramson, Vice President, Programming and Production, VH1 in a statement today. This comes on the heels of VH1′s distribution deal with AOL. Additional theatrical bookings for Downloaded are scheduled for Albuquerque, Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Martha’s Vineyard, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as other cities to be announced, in partnership with specialty distributor Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama. On July 1, the film will debut on several On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and XBOX, in partnership with digital entertainment curator FilmBuff. Produced by VH1 for its rockDocs series, Downloaded premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Following the theatrical and On Demand windows, VH1 will air the film, most likely in 2014. Downloaded is written, directed and executive produced by Alex Winter and executive produced by Maggie Malina.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Winter’s documentary about about the rise and fall of Napster has a new online home. AOL will be making Downloaded available to visitors to its on.aol.com via streaming later this year. This is the portal’s first foray into longform streaming as a part of the distribution deal between the brand company and VH1, which is showing the film theatrically. Downloaded will be on AOL after its big-screen release this summer by the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s VH1 Rock Docs in partnership with Cinetic Media and Richard Abramowitz. The film on the legacy of file sharing pioneer premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Downloaded will also be on Cable VOD and iTunes later this year as well. “We sold the film to AOL at SXSW,” ,” Winter told me. “Cinetic’s John Sloss, VH1 and I made a deal with our partners that focused heavily on digital/streaming and still gives us room for theatrical and CVOD. It’s a new frontier for distributing movies, and the Internet is finally monetizing in a way that can work for everyone.” The film was directed and executive produced by Winter and executive produced by Maggie Malina. Executive producers for VH1 are Brad Abramson, Warren Cohen, Rick Krim, Bill Flanagan, Shelly Tatro, and Jeff Olde
The 2013 SXSW Film Festival announces its complete feature line-up for this year on Thursday but we already know that Downloaded is going to one of them. The festival announced earlier this month that documentary would make its world premiere in Austin during the March 8 – 16 event. Directed by Bill and Ted alumni Alex Winter, Downloaded examines the rise, fall and legacy of file sharing pioneer Napster. Check out the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Winter has sold his Midwestern militia pitch to AMC. The former Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure star will pen the hour-long drama with his writing partner Steven Pearl. Tentatively titled Rights Of Bill, the show centers on a Sheriff who forms his own militia in Wisconsin, becoming both the law and an outlaw simultaneously. As an actor, Winter has just finished filming Grand Piano with John Cusack and Elijah Wood. He has also appeared on Fox’s Bones and Adult Swim’s Saul Of The Mole Men and Robot Chicken in the past few years. As a director, Winter recently completed the documentary Downloaded to come out in 2013. The doc, about the rise and fall of Napster, will play theatrically next year before being broadcast on VH-1. Alex Winter is repped by APA, Forward Entertainment, Hollander Entertainment and attorney Jackie Eckhouse.