SXSW: Participant And FilmBuff Team To Acquire Aaron Swartz Docu ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’

A June theatrical and VOD release is tentatively planned for Brian Knappenberger’s documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz followed by a broadcast TV premiere on Participant-owned Pivot during the the fourth quarter. Knappenberger made the hacker docu We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists, and this one is about programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, one of co-founders of Reddit, who became ensnared in a legal nightmare that ended with his suicide last year at age 26. It played in competition in Sundance and is in the lineup at next week’s SXSW. Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Zach Braff and Mason Fink produced. The deal was negotiated by FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown and Head of Content Partnerships Steven Beckman, Participant COO Jeff Ivers, Pivot SVP Acquisitions and Operations Jennie Morris, and Cinetic Media’s John Sloss for the filmmakers.

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