Initial releaseOctober 18, 2014 Running time1h 12m GenresDocumentary, Drama film
WriterAli Akbarzadeh, Christopher Dollar ScreenplayAli Akbarzadeh, Christopher Dollar CastLawrence Lessig, Tim Wu, Peter Ludlow
Killswitch trailer the battle for a free and open internet
Killswitch is an award winning documentary film about the battle to control the Internet. The movie is a collaboration between director Ali Akbarzadeh, producer Jeffrey Horn, writer Chris Dollar and Akorn Entertainment. It premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival, where it won the James K. Lyons Award for Best Editing of a feature documentary and then made its international debut, playing alongside Citizenfour at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. In 2015, it screened on Capitol Hill, as well as film festivals in Norway, Sweden, Croatia, and Romania. It is currently traveling the world on the film festival circuit and will be announcing its world-wide release soon.
This Internet is under attack. Communications, culture, free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs. Will the Internet be dominated by a few powerful interests? Or will citizens rise up to protect it?
The Internet is under attack. Free Speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs.
Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu, and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young hackers, Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet. Their lives parallel one another as they free information and take on the system, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most powerful interests in the world. Swartz leads the charge in defeating the Stop Online Piracy Act, and pays a heavy price, but not before he challenges his mentor, Lawrence Lessig, to take up his call and lead a crusade to restore our democracy. Snowden is forced to flee the country and ponder his next move.
Capitol Hill Screening
In February 2015, Killswitch was invited to screen at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington DC by Congressman Alan Grayson. The event was held on the eve of the Federal Communications Commissions historic decision on net neutrality. Congressman Grayson, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig, and Free Press CEO Craig Aaron paid homage to Aaron Swartz and spoke about the importance of protecting the free and open Internet.
Killswitchs Internet Movie Data Base rating is 8.8/10.
Killswitch is "One of the most honest accounts of the of the battle to control the Internet and access to information itself. -U.S. Representative Alan Grayson"
"Some of the most lapidary use of found footage this side of The Atomic Cafe". -Metro Silicon Valley
"Anyone who values unfettered access to online information is apt to be captivated by Killswitch, a gripping and fast-paced documentary." -Orange County Register
"Killswitch weaves together ancient and recent history in a way that makes heady issues like network neutrality and SOPA connect with non-technical people." -GeekWire