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First Look at the UK Poster for The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

7 August 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Brian Knappenberger’s previous documentary was We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, and he stays in the digital domain for his latest project. Telling the story of coder, writer and eventual information activist Aaron Swartz The Internet’s Own Boy is a timely, and necessary given the tragic circumstance, evaluation of a most critical social justice battle.

The legacy of Aaron Swartz is the fight which is continuing right now. Barely a day passes without a new privacy panic or some further demonisation of the so-called hacktivists in the press. A bill named after Swartz is currently stalled in Congress, and looks unlikely to achieve its aim of updating the somewhat draconian Us hacking legislation. This film captures why it is important that Aaron’s story does not languish like Aaron’s Law.

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- Jon Lyus

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FilmBuff, Participant Pact On ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ Docu On Hacktivist Aaron Swartz

19 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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 […] »

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: We Are Many Review

6 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Perhaps fittingly, Amir Amirani’s new documentary We Are Many characterises not only the notion of mass public protest, but the rise of the political documentary itself. In it, we travel back to 9/11, what many commentators have since referred to as The End of History regarding national security and privacy, which gave birth to a protest movement that has manifested itself in countless ways over the last thirteen years. Equally so it has given thousands of hours’ worth of material for filmmakers and activists to reach a bulk audience with.

The attacks on the Twin Towers were a prelude to the Iraq War, the main focus of Amirani’s film, and he invites academics (including perpetual talking head Noam Chomsky), as well as politicians from Clare Short to David Blunkett, to speak about the social, political and moral implications of the 2003 global protest against the decision to invade. It’s »

- Andrew Latimer

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Trailer For ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz’ Fights For Freedom

28 April 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the documentaries to keep on your radar this summer is The Internet’s Own Boy, the latest from Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists), which explores and celebrates the life of the late Aaron Swartz. We were fans at Sundance, saying,” If you’ve been on the internet, there’s a chance you’ve used a service that Swartz [...] »

- Leonard Pearce

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Twenty Documentaries to Watch For in 2014

9 March 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2014 is now in full swing, the Sundance Film Festival has closed its doors, and film festivals like South by Southwest and Tribeca are generating more buzz for the year’s noteworthy indie narratives and documentaries.  In recent years, documentaries such as Restrepo, Gasland, and Searching For Sugarman went on to become heavyweights. This year’s contenders include topics taken from popular memoirs and biographies, along with subject matter pertaining to youths and youth culture. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of Sundance and non-Sundance documentaries to keep an eye out for this year, equipped with official synopsis and trailer when available. 2014 is shaping out to a versatile year in the documentary world, ranging from heavy-handed family dramas such as Tracy Droz Tragos’ and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill, to baseball biographies such as Chapman and Maclain Way’s The Battered Bastards of Baseball and Jeff Radice’s No No A Dockumentary, »

- Christopher Clemente

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Participant, Pivot Nab Rights to Internet Activist Docu ‘Aaron Swartz’

27 February 2014 2:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media and FilmBuff have licensed North American rights to Brian Knappenberger’s  docu “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.”

The announcement came a month after the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The companies have tentatively set a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release for June followed by a broadcast television premiere on Participant’s Pivot network in the fourth quarter.

The film will be screening at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival. It was directed, written and produced by Knappenberger (“We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists”); exec producers are Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Zach Braff and Mason Fink.

Diane Weyermann of Participant Media said, “‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ is a deeply moving story that explores the incredible power of one individual to inspire change and the complexity and importance of freedom of information – all of which are right at the core »

- Dave McNary

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Participant Media and FilmBuff Nab 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz'

27 February 2014 1:56 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Sundance 2014 has long passed, but Sundance Acquisitions 2014 are still going strong. Participant Media and FilmBuff have acquired Brian Knappenberger's documentary "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." The film, which played in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance and will screen at SXSW 2014, follows internet activist and programmer Swartz from his involvement in RSS and Reddit to his increased activism and controversial downloading of nearly four million academic articles form the online service Jstor, which led to Swartz's arrest, trial, and eventual suicide. The film was directed, written, and produced by Knappeberger ("We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists") and executive produced by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Zach Braff and Mason Fink. "From the moment I started filming, I wanted to find a way to both bring Aaron's story to the widest possible audience and to use the film to advance the principles he cared about, »

- Max O'Connell

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Participant Media and FilmBuff Nab 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz'

27 February 2014 1:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sundance 2014 has long passed, but Sundance Acquisitions 2014 are still going strong. Participant Media and FilmBuff have acquired Brian Knappenberger's documentary "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." The film, which played in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance and will screen at SXSW 2014, follows internet activist and programmer Swartz from his involvement in RSS and Reddit to his increased activism and controversial downloading of nearly four million academic articles form the online service Jstor, which led to Swartz's arrest, trial, and eventual suicide. The film was directed, written, and produced by Knappeberger ("We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists") and executive produced by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Zach Braff and Mason Fink. "From the moment I started filming, I wanted to find a way to both bring Aaron's story to the widest possible audience and to use the film to advance the principles he cared about, »

- Max O'Connell

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Forget Sundance: Here Are the Three Must-see Slamdance Documentaries

21 January 2014 8:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Why the Slamdance Film Festival isn't more celebrated for its documentary finds each year is a question I ask, well, every year. Sure, its annual feature-doc program isn't filled exclusively with good movies, but neither is Sundance nor any other festival. There have been at least a few in every crop of eight-or-so titles that I'd recommend, and in most year's there's at least one really terrific work. Look at some of the successes to come out of Slamdance for proof that it's worthy of serious doc fans' attendance: Mad Hot Ballroom, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists and Steven Soderbergh's And Everything Is Going Fine all had their premieres at...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The Extraordinary Aaron Swartz: Sundance Sees 'The Internet's Own Boy'

21 January 2014 9:10 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The Internet's Own Boy was a film that sadly had to happen. From the moment programmer and hacktivist Aaron Swartz died in early 2013, the online community he fought so hard to connect and protect rallied behind him and his legacy. The passionate, bright young man – just 26 when he was found hung by his own belt – had already built Reddit, helped create RSS and and become a leader in the burgeoning online free-speech movement by leading the fight to kill the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa).

Remembering the Brilliant Life and »

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