Award-winning documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger weaves together home video footage and anecdotal interviews to paint a dynamic portrait of Aaron Swartz in 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20.
The film weaves tender moments from his Swart’s childhood years, together with his milestones as a prolific contributor to the internet community. It presents audiences with an intimate look at Aaron’s involvement in RSS and Reddit, his increased interest in political advocacy and the controversial actions he allegedly took in downloading nearly four million academic articles from the online service JSTOR.
Through emotional interviews from those closest to him the film explores Swart’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 his life and the future of information access on the internet.
Tragically, on January 11, 2013, just two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer's second offer of a plea bargain, Swartz was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Brooklyn apartment.
Swartz's family, friends, and supporters immediately blamed the prosecutors of the case, who aimed to put him in jail for 35 years and brand him a convicted felon for life, thus persecuting him for the very rights and freedoms for which he stood, and that ultimately broke him.
Director Brian Knappenberger will be in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for the film's scheduled world premiere January 20 at 2:30 PM, at the MARC theater in Park City, Utah.
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