To commemorate today’s one-year anniversary of the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz, director Brian Knappenberger has released this short preview of clips from his much anticipated new documentary about Swartz, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the National Security Administration.
Called “The Internet’s Own Boy,” the film follows Knappenberger’s recent New York Times op-doc about the NSA. It comes out amid three related political developments: 1) the White House may be trying to resurrect SOPA 2) there is a new bipartisan push for an investigation into the Obama administration’s prosecution of Swartz and 3) Washington is debating the prospect of reforming the NSA.
The movie will be officially released at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20th, in conjunction with the new organizing effort around the upcoming National Day of Action against the NSA on February 11th. The documentary was backed by (among others) a grassroots Kickstarter campaign and Unjustus Films, which is a brand new project started by Charlie Annenberg that I’ve been helping to launch over the last year.
The preview should give you a sense of what the film is about and why Sundance is premiering it at this prestigious festival.