The Internet’s Own Boy, the Sundance documentary about the late internet prodigy and crusading hacker Aaron Swartz, will open in theaters in 15 markets and on VOD on June 27. The film will then air on Participant Media’s TV network, Pivot, later this year.
Swartz was an internet-tech prodigy who helped pioneer RSS protocol while still a teen. He later co-founded Reddit. In 2011, at the age of 24, he was arrested for hacking into MIT’s academic databases and faced charges that threatened him with a long prison term. He was found hanged in his apartment in 2013.
“We wanted to bring Aaron’s story to as many people as possible, so the day The Internet’s Own Boy debuts in theaters, we are also offering the film across a variety of digital services and platforms in a model fitting with what Aaron architected and stood for,” said director Brian Knappenberger.