Brian Knappenberger

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Brian Knappenberger in 2012

Brian Knappenberger is an American[1] documentary filmmaker, known for The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, and Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror and his work on Bloomberg Game Changers.

The documentary film We Are Legion (2012) was written and directed by Knappenberger. It is about the workings and beliefs of the self-described hacktivist collective Anonymous.[2]

In June 2014, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz was released. The film is about the life of internet activist Aaron Swartz.[3] The film was on the short list for the 2015 Academy Award for best documentary feature.[4]

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press was released on Netflix in June 2017, after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, and the takeover of the Las Vegas Review-Journal by casino owner Sheldon Adelson.[5]

In 2020 Knappenberger directed true crime documentary The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, a television series about the 2013 Murder of Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy from Palmdale, California.[6]

Knappenberger has directed and executive produced numerous other documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Bloomberg, and PBS, including PBS' Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey. He owns and operates Luminant Media, a Los Angeles-based production and post-production company.[7]

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  1. ^ Beston, Sarah. "'The Internet's Own Boy' Director Talks About the Tragic Fate of Programming Prodigy Aaron Swartz". TakePart. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ "About the film". We Are Legion. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz". Internet Archive. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR RACE". Oscars. December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the fight for a free press – ThinkProgress". ThinkProgress. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  6. ^ "Netflix's 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' as it unfolded: Read our coverage". Los Angeles Times. 26 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Aaron Swartz Documentary - The Internet's Own Boy by Brian Knappenberger - Luminant Media". Kickstarter. Retrieved 4 December 2014.

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