Aaron Swartz Docu-Film, ‘The Internet’s Own Boy,’ Coming to Vimeo
Deemed “the Internet’s own boy” in his lifetime, the late Aaron Swartz is the center of a documentary by that very name. FilmBuff and Participant Media will release “The Internet’s Own Boy” on Friday, June 27, with pre-order sales currently taking place on Vimeo on Demand and iTunes.
The documentary will premiere on broadcast television on Pivot, Participant Media’s TV network, later this year. Having initially debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the film also screened at South by Southwest, and will be shown exclusively at New York’s IFC Center and LA’s Sundance Cinemas, in addition to 15 other markets in the US.
Written, directed, and produced by Brian Knappenberger, “The Internet’s Own Boy” will be available for rent on Vimeo’s platform as soon as it comes out in theaters, as well as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast, and DirectTV. It tells the story of Swartz as a Reddit co-founder, but mainly focuses on his work as a social and political activist campaigning for freedom on the web.
Swartz’s passion for the internet explains the documentary’s distribution plans. “We wanted to bring Aaron’s story to as many people as possible, so the day ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ debuts in theaters, we are also offereing the film across a variety of digital services and platforms in a model fitting with what Aaron architected and stood for,” said Knappenberger.
Knappenberger’s body of work includes “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.” Charles Annenberg Weingarten executively produced “The Internet’s Own Boy”.