Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary my team and I created which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google. 
Staying true to the open access model, the film is free to stream and download, for private or public use, and maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial, or political background will have access.  We've had over 250,000 streams of the film online and over 430 public screenings globally.  
Press coverage


“Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Movie Review” in Nurse Author & Editor (2019, September) http://naepub.com/publishing/2019-29-3-5/
“Unsustainable scholarship: How private companies control research in higher education” in The Daily Tarheel UNC-Chapel Hill (2019, September)

“Still causing disruption: “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” one year later” Clarkson University press release (2019, September)

“Opening up Access to Research, A Film Review of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship,” in Endeavor review by Aileen Fyfe, University of St. Andrews, UK.  (2019, April)  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160932719300250

“Open Access with Paywall’s Jason Schmitt” interview on Future Trends Forum with Bryan Alexander (2019, March): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j1QfrrKeBA


“The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls” in Wired (2019, January): https://www.wired.com/story/ideas-joi-ito-academic-paywalls/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

“Movie Review: Paywall” in Digital Tattoo by the University of British Columbia (2019, January):  https://digitaltattoo.ubc.ca/2019/01/24/movie-review-pay

“Documentarian: Take down paywalls, open access to scholarship” in Cornell Chronicle (2018, December): http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/12/documentarian-take-down-paywalls-open-access-scholarship

“Documentary Criticizes Closed-Access Academic Journals as Too Expensive, Restrictive” in The Cornell Daily Sun (2018, December): https://cornellsun.com/2018/12/02/documentary-criticizes-closed-access-academic-journals-as-too-expensive-restrictive/

“The Danger of For-Profit Science” interview on The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur (2018, November): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbSKx4O8Co0&t=336s

“It’s Time For Science to Embrace Open Access” in Research Features, Issue 130 (2018, November): http://cdn.researchfeatures.com/3d_issues/RF130/index.html

“A Pirate Bay of Knowledge?”  Team Human podcast conducted by Douglas Rushkoff (2018, October): https://teamhuman.fm/episodes/ep-109-jason-schmitt/

“From Paywall to Datawall” The Scholarly Kitchen (2018, October): https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2018/10/11/from-paywall-to-datawall/

“Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Review—Analysis of a Scandal” in NewScientist (2018, October): https://www.newscientist.com/article/2181744-paywall-the-business-of-scholarship-review-analysis-of-a-scandal/

“Science’s Quality-Control Process Gets A Makeover” in Undark (2018, October): https://undark.org/article/science-peer-review-makeover/

“Documentary Makes Powerful Plea for Open Access Publishing” in BioEdge (2018, October): https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/documentary-makes-powerful-plea-for-open-access-publishing/12839

“The Business of Academic Publishing: A Catastrophe” in The Lancet (2018, October): https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32353-5/fulltext

“Open Access at the Movies” in Inside Higher Ed (2018, September): https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/10/open-access-movement-hits-silver-screen

“Open access — the movie” in Nature (2018, September):  https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06140-7

“Documentary puts lens on the open-access movement upending scientific publishing” in Science (2018, September):  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/documentary-puts-lens-open-access-movement-upending-scientific-publishing

“Paywall the Movie—Opening Access to Global Research” in Research Features, Issue 116 (2018, September): https://researchfeatures.com/2018/09/20/time-science-embrace-open-access/

“Documentary “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” Premieres in Washington, DC” in Association of Research Libraries (ARL) (2018, September): https://www.arl.org/news/community-updates/4615-documentary-paywall-the-business-of-scholarship-premieres-in-washington-dc#.W-ne7WJKhBw

“Fighting for open access: Why academic publishers are making a killing” in Big Think (2018, September): https://bigthink.com/matt-davis/inside-the-fight-for-open-access-research

“Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Documentary in English and Russian,”  Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (2018, September): https://www.leafscience.org/paywall-the-business-of-scholarship/

“Documentary  Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Premieres in Washington, DC” Association of Research Libraries (2018, September): http://www.arl.org/news/community-updates/4615-documentary-paywall-the-business-of-scholarship-premieres-in-washington-dc#.W6UqCJNKhTY

“New Film Stresses Need for Open Access Publishing” Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) (2018, September): http://www.eifl.net/news/new-film-stresses-need-open-access-publishing

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio interview on the need for open access to research entitled, “Academic Knowledge for All,” (2018, March):

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