Brian Knappenberger

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Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning[1] documentary filmmaker, known for The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, and his work on Bloomberg Game Changers.

In June 2014, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz was released. Written, directed and produced by Knappenberger, the film is about the life of internet activist Aaron Swartz.[2] The film was on the short list for the 2015 Academy Award for best documentary feature, along with Citizenfour and 13 other films.[3]

The documentary film We Are Legion (2012) was also written and directed by Knappenberger. It is about the workings and beliefs of the self-described hacktivist collective Anonymous.[4]

Knappenberger has directed and executive produced numerous other documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Bloomberg, and PBS, including PBS' Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey.[5] He owns and operates Luminant Media, a Los Angeles based production and post-production company.[6]


  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. ^ "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz". Internet Archive. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR RACE". Oscars. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "About the film". We Are Legion. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brian Knappenberger". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Aaron Swartz Documentary - The Internet's Own Boy by Brian Knappenberger - Luminant Media". Kickstarter. Retrieved 4 December 2014.