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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $50,735Details
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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 nightmare. 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.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 27th, 2014 (Limited) by Participant Media
Video Release: June 27th, 2014 by FilmBuff
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Internet, Biography, Civil Disobedience, Government Corruption, Inventor, Depression, Suicide
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Filmbuff, Participant Media, Luminant Media, Unjustus Films
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Aaron Swartz    Himself


Timber Timbre    Himself
Cindy Cohn    Herself
Gabriella Coleman    Herself
Cory Doctorow    Himself
Peter Eckersley    Himself
Brewster Kahle    Himself
Orin Kerr    Himself
Lawrence Lessig    Himself
Carl Malamud    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Brian Knappenberger    Screenwriter
Brian Knappenberger    Producer
Charlie Annenberg Weingarten    Executive Producer
Bryan Storkel    Editor
Michelle Witten    Editor
Andy Robertson    Editor
Jason Decker    Editor
Brian Knappenberger    Editor
John Dragonetti    Composer
Lincoln Else    Cinematographer
Scott Sinkler    Cinematographer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/06/27 57 $21,705   12 $1,809   $21,705 1
2014/07/04 74 $4,397 -80% 4 $1,099   $40,816 2
2014/07/11 89 $1,342 -69% 2 $671   $46,379 3
2014/07/18 80 $2,849 +112% 1 $2,849   $50,735 4

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/06/27 54 $36,419   12 $3,035   $36,419 1
2014/07/04 74 $8,618 -76% 4 $2,155   $45,037 2
2014/07/11 80 $2,849 -67% 2 $1,425   $47,886 3

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