Entertainment group Participant Media and digital distributor FilmBuff have licensed North American rights across all media for documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (pictured), with a theatrical and VoD release set for June.
The film will also receive a U.S. TV premiere on Participant Media-owned net Pivot towards the end of the year.
Brian Knappenberger’s doc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be screened at the upcoming SXSW festival, looks at late Internet activist Aaron Swartz’s trajectory from a teen computer whiz, involved in early iterations of RSS and Reddit, to a political activist fighting for academic accessibility.
“The Internet’s Own Boy is a deeply moving story that explores the incredible power of one individual to inspire change, and the complexity and importance of freedom of information – all of which are right at the core of what our company is about,” said Diane Weyermann, Participant Media’s exec VP of documentary films, in a statement.
Knappenberger added: “From the moment I started filming, I wanted to find a way to both bring Aaron’s story to the widest possible audience and to use the film to advance the principles he cared about. Teaming with Participant and FilmBuff is exciting because their focus has been on supporting great films that have, at their core, social change with strategic action campaigns, which is critical for a story like this.”