First Run Features presents


One composer, thousands of songs,
millions of videos, and billions of views.

Streaming begins March 29 on Apple TV, iTunes & Vimeo
DVD released simultaneously

Interviews Available with Filmmaker Ryan Camarda
First Run presents the streaming and DVD premiere of Ryan Camarda's new documentary Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod, beginning March 29, 2022.

Royalty Free tells the story of the internet legend whose music has become the soundtrack of the digital world. Composer Kevin MacLeod released thousands of his songs for free and unwittingly became one of the most heard composers in the world, with his work ending up in millions of videos, thousands of films, and more than a few odd places – such as theme parks and rocket launches. By releasing his music royalty free, anyone can use his music in their productions, from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo to cat videos on YouTube.

The film also delves into the digital audio revolution, where one person with a synthesizer can become an entire orchestra. This democratization of music has enabled great creativity, but has also threatened the livelihood of analog musicians, from recording artists to orchestras and Broadway musicians.

Ultimately, Royalty Free is about the value we as a society place on creative work, and how the evolving technological landscape influences our consumption, production, and distribution of the work itself.
"Ryan Camarda's fascinating documentary highlights a
little-known composer with a big musical footprint."
-Thelma Adams, Rotten Tomatoes Top Critic

"A subject which is unusual and deceptively meaningful."
-Film Threat"Compelling...a thought-provoking journey intothe music industry’s evolving online landscape."-500 Days Of Film
Official Selection - Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Official Selection - Weyauwega International Film Festival
Official Selection - New Filmmakers New York
Beloit International Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature Nominee
Nominated Best Documentary - Northern Virginia International Film Festival
Shawna Shea Film Festival - Best New England Feature Documentary
About Director/Producer Ryan Camarda

Ryan cut his teeth working as a freelance, Director, DP, and Producer as well as by his stint as asst. Producer and Editor with the martial arts film company 1TEntertainment. His short, The Craigslist Files: Episode 1 – Donnie and Charlotte, was selected as a Best of New York film in last year’s 48 Hour Film Project festival. His short, Departure, has been selected for the Melbourne International Student Film Festival.
First Run Features presents
Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod
Director, Writer, Producer: Ryan Camarda

Kevin MacLeod, Hank Green, "VlogBrothers", Derek Muller, "Veritasium", Tom Ridgewell, "Tom Ska", Jack Vale, Marie Meimber, Christopher Sprigman, Steven Williams, "Boogie2988"

© 2021 West of Worldly Productions. All Rights Reserved.

91 minutes, color, 2021

Streaming Launch & DVD Street Date: March 29, 2022
DVD UPC: 7-20229-91813-8   DVD Catalog #: FRF 918138D
DVD PRE-BOOK: March 8, 2022
DVD Bonus Features: Director Commentary, Animation Walkthrough
Festival Q&A, Production Stills

Press Contact: Kelly Hargraves

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