Sundance Selects THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY Documentary for 2014 Film Festival Series
Today, the Sundance Film Festival announced today that the documentary about the life and legacy of Aaron Swartz, THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY, has been selected for its 2014 slate. The film will have its world premiere in Park City, Utah in January 2014.
The new feature 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 downloading nearly four million academic articles from the online service JSTOR.
The film explores Aaron's arrest, the prosecution's tactics in bringing the case to trial through the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the CFAA, and the impact a seemingly small hacking gesture had on Aaron's life and the possible future of information access on the Internet.
For more information about the film visit: http://aaronswartzthedocumentary.com/.
About The Filmmaker: Brian Knappenberger is a writer, director and producer who has created award-winning investigative documentaries and feature films for PBS FRONTLINE/World, National Geographic, Bloomberg Television and the Discovery Channel. His recent independent feature We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists explored the online "hacktivist" group Anonymous and chronicled a year of unprecedented online protest activity. His work often centers on technology, it's possibilities and the transformative effect it has on our lives, communication and culture. He runs the award winning production company Luminant Media.
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