With the simple act of swapping music files, one humble man finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen. BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.
When Robb Topolski - music fan, barbershop quartet baritone and computer network engineer discovered his Internet connection slowing down, he ran some tests and made a surprising discovery -- his internet service provider was monitoring the web use of its customers and using software to slow connections for certain activities and certain websites. Topolski took his ISP to court and has become a passionate spokesman for Net Neutrality. This fascinating documentary explores how a small number of powerful corporations have the power to control the Web, and what ordinary people can do to promote the free exchange of information in cyberspace.
Featuring interviews with Ian MacKaye, Janeane Garofalo, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Henry Rollins and many more. (Preview Night) (77 min.) www.barbershoppunk.com
The Loft Cinema (View)
3233 E Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716