The Boy Who Sold The World

Ben Pasternak created a viral game app while in middle school in Australia. By 15 he had secured funding from VC’s to build a new tech startup. So Ben dropped out of school and convinced his parents to let him live alone in NYC to lead his new company. A master at growth hacking with a strong eye for design, Ben was committed to making the world’s next big social app. But after running out of money, and confronting controversies that pushed him to the edge of sanity, Ben rebooted his career at 19, finding a new and unexpected purpose. The Boy Who Sold The World is a modern coming-of-age story that illuminates the inner workings of the tech industry from a rare and highly personal lens.

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Credits

Director:

Adam Barton

Executive Producer:

Sam Bathrick, Alex Cullen, Adam Barton

Producer:

Jack Turner, Chris Smith

Cinematographer:

Adam Barton

Editor:

Sam Mink

Principal Cast:

Ben Pasternak, John Maloney, Chris Smith, Anna Pasternak, Mark Pasternak, Mike Landsberger, Isaiah Turner

Additional Credits:

Sound Recordist: Hyo Jin, Additional Editing: Sebastian Fidler, Production Manager: Chloe Sabin, Music Supervisor: Dave Lapinsky

Contact

Public Film Contact:

Karen Tran Wood
MPRM Communications
kwood@mprm.com
714-333-7964

Publicity Contact:

Karen Tran Wood
kwood@mprm.com
714-333-7964

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge
Film Festival Wristband
Year:

2020

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genre:

Biography, Documentary

Screening Section:

Documentary Feature Competition

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Country:

Australia, United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

78 mins