The Internet's Own Boy

About the Film

Available In Theaters and On Demand on June 27

The Internet’s Own Boy follows 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.

See the Film In Theaters

June 26

Los Angeles, CA
Sundance Cinemas West Hollywood


June 27

New York, NY
IFC Center

Boston, MA
Somerville Theatre

Toronto, Canada
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Chicago, IL
Gene Siskel Film Center

Denver, CO
SIE Film Center

Washington, DC
West End Cinemas

Miami, FL
O Cinema Wynwood

Cleveland, OH
Cedar Lee Theatre

Atlanta, GA
Plaza Theatre

Pasadena, CA
Laemmle Playhouse 7

Columbus, OH
Gateway Film Center


June 30

Vancouver, Canada
Vancity Theatre

Albany, NY
Spectrum 8 Theatres (one night only)


July 4

San Francisco, CA
Roxie Theater

Phoenix, AZ
Valley Art

Cupertino, CA
BlueLight Cinemas


July 11

Seattle, WA


July 16

Norfolk, VA
Naro Expanded Cinema (one night only)





IOB: Photo 1 Media Card

Photo Credit: Noah Berger

IOB: Photo 2 Media Card

Lawrence Lessig and Aaron Swartz
Photo Credit: Dan Gilmore

IOB: Photo 3 Media Card

Photo Credit: Quinn Norton

IOB: Photo 4 Media Card

Photo Credit: Quinn Norton

IOB: Photo 5 Media Card

Photo Credit: Quinn Norton

IOB: Photo 6 Media Card

Photo Credit: Quinn Norton

IOB: Photo 7 Media Card

Photo Credit: Quinn Norton

IOB: Photo 8 Media Card

Ted Nelson, Aaron Swartz and Doug Engelbart (R-L)
Photo Credit: E E Kim

IOB: Photo 9 Media Card

Photo Credit: Daniel J. Sieradski

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