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SOPA/PIPA Updates

Lot’s of buzz about SOPA and PIPA around the net – this issue is not going away.

Festival Screenings

2011 Screenings

  • UC Berkeley’s Good Internet Conference
  • Sacramento International Film Festival – Grand Jury Award/Best Picture
  • National Conference for Media Reform, Boston
  • Docutime – Opening Film
  • New Mexico International Film Festival
  • Portland Film Festival – presented by Public Radio
  • Athens International Film + Video Festival, Ohio
  • Atlanta Film Fest
  • Santa Cruz Film Fest – Spirit of Action Award Nominee
  • Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Australian Premiere

2010 Screenings

  • SxSW – Official Selection (Sneak Peek Screening)
  • AFI Silverdocs – Official Selection World Premiere, WGA Screenwriting Nomination for Director Georgia Archer
  • Sidewalk Film Festival – Special Programmers Award
  • Dallas Video Fest – Official Selection
  • Vermont International Film Festival -Sponsored by Free Speech TV
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit
  • Watch Docs – Human Rights in Film, Helsinki Foundation
  • ION Film Festival, Istanbul – Winner Best Documentary
  • Big Apple Film Festival – Winner Best Documentary
  • AFI Fest – Presented by the International Documentary Association
  • Denver STARZ International Film Festival – presented by the ACLU and The Denver League of Women Voters


Awww we won an award!

Birmingham, AL’s Sidewalk Programmers Award (tie)– Barbershop Punk and Gabi on the Roof in July —Thank you! The issue is really important to us– making this film has been a labor of love . We appreciate the support and shout out from the audience and programmers.

One hour until premiere screening and panel!

We’re in DC at Silverdocs! Join us and check out the film on Thursday, June 24th at 4:30 or Friday, June 25th at 8:30, AFI Silver Theater 2.

Goodbye Austin

Two screenings of Barbershop Punk, engaging Q & A, and conversations that went beyond the theater, “I had no idea this was going on.”  Films, waiting in lines, the fascinating culture shift between interactive and music (stealth filmmakers moving between the two), far too brief encounters with BBQ and Tex Mex, music/sound/noise coming out of our pores.

We have now experienced the fantastic world of SxSW.

Thank you.

Hey  music badge holders! SxSW announced a screening of Barbershop Punk open to badge holders. Last Monday night we were fortunate to screen for 300 interactive participants and filmmakers. Our final screening is today at 2:45, G-Tech theater in the Convention Center. Join us!

http://www.sxsw.com/node/4659

For Immediate Release

BARBERSHOP PUNK / Ford Foundation

SxSW now exclusive screening

Los Angeles, CA – Festival audiences at SXSW will get an inside preview of

Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield’s directorial debut BARBERSHOP PUNK on Monday, March 15 at 9:30 P.M. at the Austin Convention Center. A second preview is scheduled for Thursday, March 18th at 2:45 P.M.

The soon-to-be-completed feature length documentary “keeps the independent/punk spirit alive” by following barbershop quartet fan Robb Topolski as he takes on the nation’s largest cable company, only to find himself at the center of a federal investigation. Through famous and controversial YouTube distribution stories, encounters with odd bedfellows and interviews with punk rock icons, the concept of “net neutrality” has never been so personal or so urgent –inspiring a larger story of censorship, individual voice and access.

Director/Writer/Producer Georgia Sugimura Archer, who will introduce the film at SXSW along with Co-Director/Producer Kristin Armfield, notes that the screenings are happening at a very exciting time for the production. “It’s taken over 2 1/2 years to get this far, and just as our savings and credit cards were emptying out we heard from SXSW and the Ford Foundation.  This means that we’ll be able to share our film with the sophisticated SXSW audience and then, thanks to a post production grant, go back and get it ready for its official premiere sometime this summer. It’s so difficult, especially for independent filmmakers, to have to stop a vision short when funds run out. Now, thanks to the support of The Ford Foundation and SXSW, this won’t happen to us.”

Co-Director Armfield points out, “One of the themes of BARBERSHOP PUNK is the powerful drive that creative people have to share their work – even as it emerges. We couldn’t think of a better place to do just that than in Austin.”

Sound mix complete for SxSW-> Only 2 more weeks.

Thank you Fugazi for the cool track! Thank you all you awesome musicians for the amazing songs and score — loving it:) -Georgia

Barbershop Punk Sneak Peek at SXSW 2010

Screening at SXSW 2010— See you in Austin.

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