Films from Past Years/ Barbershop Punk
USA | Documentary Feature | 2010 | 80 min | Website
Sponsored By: Free Speech TV
Director: Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield
Awards: Official Selection AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival; Official Selection SXSW 2010
Is “The Man” controlling the vertical, the horizontal, and the channel you’ll be on? In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski 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 American Internet and features discussions with Ian MacKaye, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, EFF’s John Perry Barlow, U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Free Form DJ Jim Ladd, Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition, Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes, NARAL’s Ted Miller, lobbyist Jack Burkman, and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, among others.