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Time-Travel Back to 2000 With Napster Documentary ‘Downloaded’

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The sun has set on the Sundance Film Festival, which means cinephiles have already moved on to anticipating South by Southwest. One notable feature is Downloaded, a documentary about Napster’s rise, fall, and fallout, directed by Alex Winter (better known as the Bill to Keanue Reeves’ Ted). A new trailer for the VH1 Rock Doc was unveiled earlier this week (via Deadline), which you can watch up above. The two-minute preview doubles as a time capsule of life circa 2000: Christina Aguilera hadn’t yet gone “Dirrty,” Jon Stewart hadn’t gone gray, Carson Daly was still on MTV, and Newsweek was still in print.

Downloaded features interviews with Napster creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, as well as Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, and many other figures in the recording industry. The film’s world premiere is scheduled for March 10 at the SXSW Film Festival, which starts on March 8.

Watch the first trailer — which includes footage of Billy Corgan, Dr. Dre, David Bowie, Lars Ulrich, and more — below.