'The Pirate Bay - Away From Keyboard' Documentary Released, Gets Glowing Reviews [FULL VIDEO].
The film directed by Simon Klose, also known as its acronym "TPB AFK," chronicles the Swedish trial of Pirate Bay administrators Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde. In 2009 the three were charged and (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-02/11/pirate-bay-documentary) eventually convicted in a civil and criminal copyright case pitting them against the might of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The trial resulted in a year in jail and more than $3 million in fines for their involvement in The Pirate Bay.
"The Pirate Bay 6 Away From Keyboard" has received stellar reviews on (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2608732/) IMDB thus far, garnering a 10 out of 10 from users. The documentary became available on the Web just days ago, but critical reviews have been glowing as well.
"'TPB AFK' unabashedly sides with its controversial defendants, but focuses less on formulating their case than providing a close-up perspective on the experience of it from the inside," writes Indiewire, which gave the film a B+ rating. "From its first scenes to the last, the movie owes much to Klose's access. a[bar] 'TPB AFK' is about people more than their work."
It's clear that the film caters to a specific audience: viewers who can relate to the plight of The Pirate Bay trio or have engaged in some online piracy themselves. (http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/the-latest/the-pirate-bay-away-from-keyboard/5051662.article) Screen Daily writes that the film ends with a caption that reads, "Please share this film online," showing viewers exactly how the director feels about the issue.
Screen Daily also reports that Autlook CEO Peter Jager has been discussing interest in the film from major distributors, hinting that a theatrical release could be in the works.
Just like the popular torrent website on which it's based, the documentary's roots are on the Internet. Klose raised more than $50,000 through (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tpbafk/tpb-afk-the-pirate-bay-away-from-keyboard) Kickstarter alone, in addition to other sources of funding. Klose has made his film available in almost every digital distribution method that exists, including YouTube, (http://watch.tpbafk.tv/) paying to download the film , or (https://thepiratebay.se/user/SimonKlose/) torrenting it for free on The Pirate Bay's still-functioning website. You can even pre-order the DVD for a $10 donation.
The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 8, but was rejected by Sundance, which took place in Utah last month.
"I gave Sundance the opportunity to bring the file-sharing debate to Sundance where it is needed the most," (http://www.screendaily.com/news/pirate-bay-doc-gets-online-boost/5051840.article?blocktitle=Most-commented&contentID=-1) Klose told Screen Daily . "They didn't let me take the debate to Sundance. You could argue that I am a bitter film-maker but you could also argue that they censored me from debating the future of the film industry."
Klose added a Creative Commons license for the movie, which makes the film free to edit. The director emphasized the important role of his fan base in creating the film, encouraging viewers to add their own spin to the documentary.
"The cool thing is that you guys are going to be part of the premiere," Klose also said in the video. "We're streaming the film online, for free. You can download it, you can share it, you can remix it - it's all up to you."
The documentary has been out for little more than a week, but has already garnered almost 900,000 views. Klose said his goal was to hit 1 million views in the film's first week, and YouTube traffic alone has almost reached that milestone.
Although the documentary is free to watch and download, the Swedish director disclosed that he has already raised $30,000 in donations from fans of the film. These donations are voluntary, so users can get away with watching "The Pirate Bay 6 Away From Keyboard" for free, just as they view content through the site.
Klose believes the film should be free for those who wish to watch, without the hassle of copyright infringement laws.
"I'm doing this because I believe, from a personal perspective, I want my films to be seen by as many people as possible," Klose said. "So my problem is that a normal copyright would become an obstacle between me and my audience."
You can watch the full video uploaded on YouTube below:
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|Publication:||International Business Times - US ed.|
|Date:||Feb 11, 2013|
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