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Madonna Teams with BitTorrent, Vice Media for Free-Speech Project

Madonna will distribute a free short film through BitTorrent, whose file-sharing app is a major platform for Internet piracy, as part of an Internet project promoting free speech.

The artist’s “secretprojectrevolution” 17-minute film, co-directed with Steven Klein, will be available free to registered users on Sept. 24 as a BitTorrent Bundle, which includes bonus content. The pic represents the launch of Madonna’s Art For Freedom, an online initiative to further freedom of expression, curated by Vice Media.

“My goal is to show by the example of ‘secretprojectrevolution’ my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression,” Madonna said in a statement. “I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency.”

The “secretprojectrevolution” bundle includes stills from the film and three HD film trailers. Users who submit their email will unlock access to the film in both HD and 2K Digital Cinema resolution, as well as an exclusive HD and 2K Digital Cinema interview with Madonna conducted by Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. Vice originally announced that the interview with Madonna also will be available on The Creators Project on Sept. 24, but later said it hasn’t determined where the video would premiere.

Madonna’s Art For Freedom is described as an “online public art project” encouraging video, music, poetry and photography submissions to promote the spirit of free speech around the world. Public submissions will become part of the Art For Freedom platform; contributors can upload original artwork or tag original posts #artforfreedom.

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“BitTorrent and Vice are both innovative and forward-thinking, which is why we chose to partner with them on the launch of ‘Art for Freedom’ platform and the film ‘secretprojectrevolution,'” said Guy Oseary, Madonna’s longtime manager.

The “secretprojectrevolution” film examines the business of private prisons and “questions what we do, how we do it and how we treat others,” according to Klein. “It questions our governments, and our collective thought patterns.”

Watch a trailer for “secretprojectrevolution:”

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