The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

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Old Town Playhouse Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:00 PM
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Film Info
Release Year:2014
Runtime:105 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
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Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Tim Berners-Lee
Cory Doctorow
Peter Eckersley
Lawrence Lessig
David Segal
David Sirota
Director:Brian Knappenberger
Produced by:Brian Knappenberger
Screenwriter:Brian Knappenberger
Cinematography:Lincoln Else
Brian Knappenberger
Scott Sinkler
Editing By:Jason Decker
Brian Knappenberger
Andy Robertson
Bryan Storkel
Michelle M. Witten
Music By:John Dragonetti


As a teenage programming prodigy, Aaron Swartz emerged on the tech scene at the tender age of 14 when he helped author the now-ubiquitous blogging technology RSS. Just a few short years later, he became a major voice for an open internet by helping to create the alternate-copy right platform Creative Commons, and co-founding Reddit. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge and passion for freedom of information set him on a path to become one of the pioneers of internet activism. But shortly after being prosecuted by the FBI for his efforts in making millions of academic articles publicly available, Swartz tragically took his life at the age of 26. Director Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists,”TCFF, ‘12) pays tribute to Swartz’s life in this timely, powerful documentary, a must-see for anyone invested in the future of a free and open internet.

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