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Thu Mar 11 2010 (Updated 03/14/10)
Barbershop Punk: He Who Controls the Information Controls the People
One Man Takes on Giant Comcast in Documentary About Internet Neutrality (Film Review)
Official sneak peak selection of the South by Southwest Film Festival, Barbershop Punk is about many players in the struggle for a truly free internet, but at its core it is about an unlikely hero taking on the system. The documentary is a classic David and Goliath story that plays out within the internet neutrality debate and larger context of censorship and access.

Politics takes on interesting bedfellows in Barbershop Punk: Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition joins musicians Henry Rollins along with Damian Kulash of OK Go speaking out in favor of net neutrality. On the other side is Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes, who worries composers making their living through royalties from their songs will suffer from a free internet.

Electronic Foundation Frontier co-founder John Perry Barlow, comedienne/actress Janeane Garofalo and singing activists the Raging Grannies are amongst those in the film who continue to work on behalf of internet freedom. They join others across the nation who are motivated by the unwritten subtitle of Barbershop Punk: He who controls the information controls the people.

photo Read the Review | Barbershop Punk Official Website
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