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

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Original title
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Brian Knappenberger
Music
John Dragonetti
Cinematography
Lincoln Else, Brian Knappenberger, Scott Sinkler
Cast
Producer
Luminant Media, Filmbuff, Unjustus Films
Genre
Documentary | Biography. Computers/Internet. True Crime
Synopsis / Plot
As a teenager, Aaron Swartz was a computer-programming prodigy with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. After emerging as a pioneer of Internet activism, education, and politics, he was indicted on multiple federal charges in 2011 and 2012, setting off a complex chain of events that left the Internet community reeling. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 26, Swartz was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Brooklyn apartment. His 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. Swartz was persecuted for the very rights and freedoms for which he stood, and that ultimately broke him.
Awards
2014: Sundance Film Festival: U.S. Documentary Competition
2014: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Documentary Screenplay
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