The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz.
From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
The film will be in theaters and On Demand on June 27th.
Distributors: Film Buff and Participant Media.
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Brian Knappenberger is a writer, director and producer who has created award winning investigative documentaries and feature films for FRONTLINE/World, National Geographic, Bloomberg Television and PBS. His recent award winning 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. Knappenberger's previous films have explored the political tension and corruption behind re-building southern Afghanistan in Life After War and brutal abuses of power and a violent crackdown on speech in Ukraine for A Murder in Kyiv. His other work has ranged from the changing climate conditions in the Arctic to how advanced technology changes our physical bodies and selves in Into The Body. His work often centers on technology and the transformative effect it has on basic human rights, communication and culture. He runs the Los Angeles based production company Luminant Media. His newest film, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Brian Stelter is the host of “Reliable Sources,” which examines the week’s top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter reports and writes for CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and CNNMoney.com on a regular basis.
Prior to joining CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. He was also a lead contributor to the “Media Decoder” blog.
In January 2004, while he was still a freshman in college, Stelter created TV Newser, a blog dedicated to coverage of the television news industry. He sold it to Mediabistro.com in July 2004, but continued to edit and write for the blog during the next three years until he graduated college and joined The New York Times.
Stelter published The New York Times best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV (2013), about the competitive world of morning news shows. He was featured in the 2011 documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times, directed by Andrew Rossi. He has been named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30: Media” lists for the past three years.
Stelter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007. He is on the board of Baltimore Student Media, a nonprofit that publishes Towson’s independent student newspaper, The Towerlight.
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