“32 PILLS” is a Disturbing But Valuable Look at the Impact of Suicide, Mental Illness and Alcoholism

By Gregory Crofton In 2008, after years of enduring the darkest miseries of mental illness, a photographer and artist committed suicide in her Manhattan loft. She left behind 15 notes to various loved ones, and plenty of food for her…

‘HEAVEN ADORES YOU’: Slightly Murky and Moody, a Lot Like Elliott Smith’s Music

By Gregory Crofton The late Elliott Smith is most widely known for “Miss Misery,” an Oscar-nominated song he sang to a televised audience of millions on the 1998 Academy Awards. Much less is known about the rest of his career…

‘KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK’ is a Wide Window Look Inside an Anguished Punk Rock Artist

By Gregory Crofton Kurt Cobain was one of my favorite people. His music, his taste, his take on the world were all so valid and original. Fuck phonies, right? Cobain’s brilliance, like that of many great artists, lay in his…

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

“The Internet’s Own Boy” depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells…

Aaron Swartz: Life and Legacy

On this VICE podcast host Reihan Salam sits down with filmmaker Brian Knappenberger upon the release of his documentary film, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.

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