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BARBERSHOP PUNK is a David & Goliath tale of one man's fight for our rights to the Internet (Media Consolidation & Net Neutrality.)

Final 24 Hour Bonus Round!!!  Everyone at the $50 level or more gets a Signed Festival Screener DVD - $100 or more gets an Official DVD with Bonus Tracks!

What's it About?

BARBERSHOP PUNK is an independent feature length documentary directed by two women and inspired by the journey of one man who challenged the status-quo and showed us all what it means to be "Punk," and push back against the system. Filmed all over the country and edited in our living rooms, it's the little-film-that-could, approaching the Net Neutrality and Media Consolidation debate on a personal level, and questioning the authority of behind-closed-door agreements that directly affect your free speech, first amendment, and access to unfettered information rights on the internet. BARBERSHOP PUNK features interviews with Damian Kulash of OK Go, Janeane Garofalo, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Jim Ladd (KLOS), John Perry Barlow (EFF), the Christian Coalition, NARAL Pro Choice America and many others.

The Current Status & Why we need YOU

Emboldened by a hard fought and award-winning festival run (SXSW, AFI Silverdocs, Denver STARZ, IFF Watch Docs, AFI Fest, Sidewalk, Vermont to list a few), we've realized that the free speech / democratized communication issues raised by this film are big and need to be brought to the attention of a MUCH larger audience.

We need YOU to make this happen.

Our master plan - the big picture :) - is that we are shooting for commercial distribution and a national theatrical release - we think your mother should be able to stream our little documentary on Netflix.

But for this to happen we need to secure a limited theatrical release in targeted cities to garner press and the attention of those who can take our DIY Documentary to the national level.

This is where YOU come in. The fees for a limited theatrical release come out of OUR own pockets - but it's a gamble we HAVE to take. By contributing a pledge, you are insuring screenings of BARBERSHOP PUNK in one of the selected cities thus helping to guarantee the success of this phase of the film. And if you aren't in one of these cities, your help is still critical. By contributing. you'll give us a chance at making this film accessible to a much broader audience and eventually coming to a city near you. The more individual funds we raise, the more cities we can add. Or get together a group and add yourselves to the tour.  

The issue is heating up - we have a window to screen on Capitol Hill before it's too late.  Please don't let the telecommunications and cable lobby keep this film and issue out of the mainstream public eye.

It's time to be heard and raise your voice.  B Punk. Protect your Freedom of Speech. Donate now!

Spread the word:

Barbershop Punk in the Media

Listen:

NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi talks with Georgia Archer, Robb Topolski, and Damian Kulash

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Watch:

Rosa Clemente speaking with Georgia Archer on Free Speech TV at the National Conference for Media Reform

Bart Weiss discusses Barbershop Punk and issues around Net Neutrality.


In her Doc Talk interview with the Documentary Channel, Georgia discusses the film and the issues it raises about freedom of speech on the Internet:


Who are the Punks?

Barbershop Punk features interviews with:

Our Festival Run

We've been thrilled to be official selections and awardees in a number of prestigious national and international film festivals. Here are some highlights - visit our film festivals page for the complete list:

  • SxSW - Official Selection: Emerging Visions
  • AFI Silverdocs - Official Selection
  • Sidewalk Film Festival - Winner "Special Programmer's Award"
  • Vermont International Film Festival - Sponsored by Free Speech TV
  • Watch Docs - Human Rights In Film/Helsinki Foundation, Warsaw Poland
  • AFI FEST - Presented by The International Documentary Association
  • Denver STARZ Film Festival - Presented by the ACLU & The League of Women Voters
  • Portland International Film Festival - Presented By Public Radio
  • Atlanta International Film Festival
  • Sacramento International Film Festival - Winner "Best Picture, Grand Jury Prize"
  • National Conference for Media Reform, Boston, MA
  • Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Washington DC

FAQ

  • We've been thrilled to be official selections and awardees in a number of prestigious national and international film festivals. Here's a selection (we maintain a complete list at http://barbershoppunk.com/festivals/):

    SxSW - Official Selection: Emerging Visions
    AFI Silverdocs - Official Selection
    Sidewalk Film Festival - Winner "Special Programmer's Award"
    Dallas Film and Fest
    Vermont International Film Festival - Sponsored by Free Speech TV
    Virginia International Film Festival
    Watch Docs - Human Rights In Film/Helsinki Foundation, Warsaw Poland
    ION film festival, Istanbul - Winner "Best Documentary"
    Big Apple Film Festival - Winner "Best Documentary"
    AFI FEST - Presented by The International Documentary Association
    Denver STARZ Film Festival - Presented by the ACLU & The League of Women Voters
    Los Angeles Film and Music Weekend
    Portland International Film Festival - Presented By Public Radio
    New Mexico International Film Festival
    Atlanta International Film Festival
    Santa Cruz International Film Festival - Nominated "Spirit of Action Award"
    Sacramento International Film Festival - Winner "Best Picture, Grand Jury Prize"
    Docutime, Willmington NC - Opening Film
    Athens Film and Video Festival, Athens OH
    Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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  • Georgetown University

    University of California at Berkeley

    Columbia University

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    James Madison University

    Mt Holyoke, Boston

    University of Chicago

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  • The National Conference For Media Reform, Boston MA

    The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Washington DC

    The Good Internet Conference, Berkeley CA

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    THE POWER OF $1 - PROLETARIAT PUNK: Become part of the loudest crowd-funding statement on Kickstarter ever and let's social media the Power of One (Dollar) all the way to Capitol Hill! Just imagine what the impact of 27,000 $1.00 pledges would be -- potentially the most rockin’ Kickstarter success story of all time! It's what this site and our film are all about. So turn off the mass media machine and dig into those couch cushions and help get us off our knees. We can control our distribution and together we can open doors – every dollar and every punk counts! Give $1.00 to fight back now...and pssssst, pass it on!

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    LATTE LEVEL: Protect your Freedom of Speech for the price of a latte. You'll also receive special mention on the Latte List of BarbershopPunk.com and FB page...and our undying gratitude. B Heard. B Punk.

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    B PUNK STARTER KIT: Make a statement with the B PUNK button and bumper sticker. They go with everything (including our undying gratitude) and are great conversation starters! You'll also receive special mention on our BarbershopPunk.com and FB pages.

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    ROCK THE PUNK PACKAGE: Along with the B PUNK Starter Kit (and our undying gratitude), you'll also receive the "ROCK THE NET: MUSICIANS FOR NETWORK NEUTRALITY" Audio CD (featuring Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Portastatic, Aimee Mann, Guster, Matthew Shipp, Palomar, The Wrens, DJ Spooky, BC Camplight, David Bazan, David Miller, Free Form Funky Freqs and The Calssic Brown) and special mention on the BarbershopPunk.com and FB pages. Rock on!

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    LIMITED NYC PACKAGE: A pair of reserved tickets to a New York theatrical screening of Barbershop Punk (travel and accommodations not included) plus the B PUNK Starter Kit, special mention on the BarbershopPunk.com and FB pages - and our undying gratitude.

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    SIGNED DVD PACKAGE: A Barbershop Punk Press/Festival "Screener" DVD signed by the Directors and B PUNK Starter Kit plus special mention on the BarbershopPunk.com and FB pages -- and our undying gratitude.

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    LIMITED WASHINGTON DC PACKAGE: A pair of reserved tickets to a Washington D.C. theatrical screening of Barbershop Punk (travel and accommodations not included) plus the B PUNK Starter Kit, special mention on the BarbershopPunk.com and FB pages -- and our undying gratitude.

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    DVD+CD SIGNATURE PACKAGE: A Barbershop Punk Press/Festival "Screener" DVD signed by the Directors plus a "ROCK THE NET: MUSICIANS FOR NETWORK NEUTRALITY" Audio CD (featuring Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Portastatic, Aimee Mann, Guster, Matthew Shipp, Palomar, The Wrens, DJ Spooky, BC Camplight, David Bazan, David Miller, Free Form Funky Freqs and The Calssic Brown). You'll also receive the B PUNK Starter Kit, special mention on the BarbershopPunk.com and FB pages -- and our undying gratitude.

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    GROUP PUNK PACKAGE: Add your group to the tour! Package includes the official Bullfrog Films release of the BARBERSHOP PUNK Educational DVD with bonus material cleared for unlimited screenings by your organization or group, personally signed by the Directors and Robb Topolski, Plus one of the Directors will personally come to one of your event screenings and helm an introduction and Q&A about the film and its issues.

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    FREE SPEECH SUPERSTAR PACKAGE: You're rockin' the red carpet with everything at the $2500 level plus the Director of your choice will personally deliver you a copy of the entire FCC Hearing at Stanford on DVD. And we'll get Robb to call you to answer any additional tech/issue questions for him. Hell, for 10k, we might even get him to hum a few bars of "Darkness on the Delta."

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