FilmBuff and Participant Media are to release Aaron Swartz doc The Internet’s Own Boy (pictured) via Vimeo on Demand on June 27, under a Creative Commons license which will allow purchasers to share the film freely with friends.
The Brian Knappenberger-directed doc premiered at Sundance earlier this year, before playing at SXSW in March and opening Hot Docs in Toronto in April. It looks at the life of late Internet pioneer and Reddit co-founder Swartz, and his clashes with authorities.
The doc will open exclusively at the IFC Center in New York and at the Sundance Cinemas in Los Angeles as well as theaters in 15 other markets nationwide on June 27.
On the same date, it will be available to rent on all VOD platforms including Vimeo On Demand, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast and DirecTV and, for the first month of release, will be offered to own exclusively through Vimeo On Demand.
The Vimeo on Demand sale, priced at US$9.99, delivers a DRM-free version of the film, meaning it has no digital rights management restrictions on it to prevent it from being copied.
In addition, the film is being released under a Creative Commons non-commercial license, meaning that those who purchase the film can legally share it with whoever they like (although they are forbidden from exploiting it commercially, or trying to make any money out of sharing it).
Swartz, the subject of the film, was a strong proponent of the Creative Commons system.
“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 Knappenberger in a statement.
The 105-minute doc is exec produced by Charles Annenberg Weingarten and scored by John Dragonetti. It will broadcast on Participant’s U.S. television network, Pivot, later this year, and is being sold internationally by Ro*co Films.
Check out the film’s trailer below: