Now Showing @ALA: Killswitch

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/18/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office


SAN FRANCISCO – Who controls the Internet? American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees will learn more about this battle at a screening of the 2014 award winning documentary, KillSwitch on Sunday, June 28, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference as part of the Now Showing@ ALA film series.
KillSwitch features the parallel lives of two hackers, Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden, who challenge the system by championing our democratic right to both unfettered information access and privacy. Narrated by Tim Wu, credited for popularizing the concept of network neutrality, Lawrence Lessig and Peter Ludlow, the documentary warns of the threat to privacy and a free and open Internet when government is closely aligned to big business. 
Killswitch premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in October 2014 and won the award for best editing. The film was screened at the Capitol’s Visitor Center in Washington D.C. the evening before the May 2015 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) historic decision on net neutrality.  At the event, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) stated that Killswitch was “One of the most honest accounts of the battle to control the Internet and access to information itself."
Directed by Ali Akbarzadeh and produced by Jeffrey Horn, the documentary was three years in the making. It provides a rich overview of the how the Internet has truly transformed our lives. The screening of Killswitch is made possible the by ALA Committee on Legislation, Telecommunications Subcommittee.