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Directed by
Ali Akbarzadeh

USA / 2014 / 72

World Premiere

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Ali Akbarzadeh, Jeffrey Horn
The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs.

Killswitch is about the battle for control over the Internet. Lawrence Lessig and Tim Wu frame the story of two young hactivists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet.

Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

Ali Akbarzadeh is an independent filmmaker born in the mountains of Colorado. At some point in the late 90ís he made the pilgrimage to California where he studied at the American Film Institute and graduated at the top of his class from California State University of Long Beach.

After a brief stint as a Persian music video director, he co-founded Akorn Entertainment, where he directed several award winning commercials and short documentaries. Killswitch is his first feature length documentary.

Cast/Featuring: Tim Wu, Lawrence Lessig, Peter Ludlow, Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Christopher Dollar
Executive Producer(s): Lawrence Taubman
Producer(s): Jeffrey Horn
Director(s): Ali Akbarzadeh
Screenwriter(s): Christopher Dollar, Ali Akbarzadeh
Cinematographer(s): Joshua Lang, Billy Pena, Dave Winters
Editor(s): Prichard Smith
Other Credits: Production Company: Akorn, Cinecity Pictures
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