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The Lionshare (2009)

An invitation to the world of online piracy leads to success for some and disappointment for others.


Josh Bernhard


Josh Bernhard


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Credited cast:
Michael Pantozzi ... Nick (as Mike Pantozzi)
Jonathan Hansen Jonathan Hansen ... Matty
Bracey Smith Bracey Smith ... Bracey
Nell Becker Nell Becker ... Jane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessi Kneeland Jessi Kneeland ... Eva


Nick gets his girls the same way he gets his music: online. On a first date, Eva invites him to an exclusive file-sharing community called 'The Lionshare'. From there, Nick's own creative frustration fuels his consumption of pirated music and other media while he produces nothing of his own. Eventually, he finds inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. Written by Joshua Bernhard

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Release Date:

30 April 2009 (USA) See more »


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$6,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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okay. and that's good.
22 December 2009 | by halo_boneSee all my reviews

Watched 'The Lionshare' via it's release on Hexagon.cc and news via @Isohunt, and have to admit to it caught and held my attention the entire way through.

It felt really low budget, which it was of course, but low budget as in grab a camera and make a youtube video. Yet, there was definite structure to the film. It carries itself through it's 90 minutes, with an actual story arc; beginning, middle, end. Sounds simple, but indy films tend to miss this ALL THE TIME.

What I liked most is the realism of the film. I could relate to everything. Nothing was blown out of proportion (except maybe that Internet dating = hot dates and action in this film), nothing was hollywoodized or exaggerated to tell a better story. It felt like real people in a real apartment, friends living together, experiencing their lives, and you are in on their little jokes that grow out of control, their personalities, and their lives.

And it authentically attempts to portray WHY file sharing is a practical option, by showing what kind of time is wasted by going to FYI or Blockbuster to find what you're looking for. They don't have it--all too true, too often.

I didn't find it to be as laugh out loud funny as other comments I've seen about it, it wasn't entirely a comedy. At all, was it? In fact it was a very mellow drama that takes us through a few adventures of a few people's lives.

There are many-a-films, big budget and indy, that put me right to sleep. This one didn't. "The Lionshare" was an okay film. And that's a good thing.

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