FilmBuff and Participant Media have partnered on a multi-platform release for The Internet’s Own Boy, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger’s (We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists) documentary on the late programming prodigy turned Reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Film tells the story of Swartz, who helped pioneer the development of internet protocol RSS at age 14, launched activism orgs Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Demand Progress, co-founded Reddit and championed the open access movement online, and campaigned against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Last year after being indicted on 13 counts of computer crimes following his 2011 arrest for accessing a large number of academic journals from MIT servers, Swartz hanged himself at age 26.
The Internet’s Own Boy debuted at Sundance and hit SXSW before opening this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival and will get a June 27 limited theatrical run starting in NY and LA. It will be available day and date on VOD and available to own on Vimeo on Demand. Participant’s Pivot network will broadcast the film in 2014 accompanied by a social action campaign encouraging audiences to demand better oversight in the U.S. justice system. Pic is written, directed, and produced by Knappenberger. Charles Annenberg Weingarten is executive producer.