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Project of the Day: Deceased Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Gets a Documentary

Project of the Day: Deceased Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Gets a Documentary

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The Internet’s Own Boy: Documentary of Aaron Swartz

Tweetable Logline:
The story of internet pioneer and online activist Aaron Swartz


Elevator Pitch:

Currently titled “The Internet’s Own Boy,”
the new film by Brian Knappenberger, director of We Are Legion: The
Story of the Hacktivists follows internet activist and programming
pioneer Aaron Swartz from his teenage emergence on the internet scene
and involvement in RSS and Reddit, to his growing interest in political
advocacy and the controversial actions he allegedly took in MIT’s
computer network. The film explores Aaron’s arrest, the prosecution’s
tactics in bringing the case to trial, and the impact a seemingly small
hacking gesture had on Aaron’s life and the possible future of
information access on the internet.

Production Team:
Writer/Director Brian Knappenberger
Composer John Dragonetti
About the Production:

“Aaron’s story is powerful and tragic. It’s about innovation and
wild possibility, but at the same time it’s about loss and a broken
criminal justice system. A lot has been written about him, some of it
very good, but I felt that taken as a whole it represented a fractured
picture. I wanted to hear from the people who knew him, explore each
chapter of his life and go through his numerous video appearances to
have him tell his own story as much as possible.” — Brian Knappenberger

Current Status:

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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