CONNECTED Explores Our Addiction to Technology

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all?

In her feature directorial debut, “CONNECTED: An Autoblogography About Love, Death and Technology”, Internet pioneer and Webby Award founder Tiffany Shlain’s love-hate-love relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life and our interconnected future.

Blending a healthy dose of humor and irony with an imaginative combination of animation and archival footage, the film is equal parts documentary and memoir.

Now available on DVD via Netflix and Amazon, and Cable On Demand in U.S. and Canada, “CONNECTED” is a chronological tour of Western modernization inspired by the work of Tiffany’s father, Leonard Shlain, a surgeon and best-selling author of Art and Physics and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, interwoven with a deeply personal story about a year in the Shlains’ life in which technology and science literally became a matter of life and death.

The critically-acclaimed feature documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, is now also available through the Distrify player on the film’s website. Distrify is a new sharing model that invites people to be part of the distribution process: share through Facebook, Twitter, a website or blog, and if someone rents or downloads the film, the fan earns a ten percent commission.

Fans simply visit, click “share” in the top right-hand corner of the film’s trailer, add an email address, and embed the trailer. Commissions will be direct deposited into a PayPal account linked to their email address.

“This rewards our amazing community for all their help taking this film far and wide,” said filmmaker Shlain. “I do believe this provides a glimpse into the future of independent filmmaking.”

Tiffany Shlain has been busy since CONNECTED’s world premiere: The film was released theatrically in the U.S. in 11 cities (held over in 5), has screened more than 1,000 times around the globe – including hundreds educational institutions worldwide, and was selected by the U.S. State Department to screen at embassies around the world as part of its 2012 American Film Showcase.

Tiffany is also currently releasing a short film series that puts many of the ideas from CONNECTED into action. The series “Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change “ engages a global audience in the collaborative creation of films using a process Tiffany calls “Cloud Filmmaking” and then customizes them for free and donates them to nonprofit organizations around the world. The first three films in the series, “A Declaration of Interdependence,” “Engage,” and “Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks,” which also includes an accompanying TEDBook, have been translated into more than 65 languages and customized and donated to nearly 500 nonprofit organizations.

Last month, Tiffany and her team at the Moxie Institute embark on the production of their fourth Let it Ripple film titled “The Science of Character.” This four-minute film will explore why character matters and will include research that suggests we can teach and shape character strengths like optimism, self-control, and curiosity. This film will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival’s Interactive Day during her Keynote address “The Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto,” on April 20 in NYC.

Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. She is known for illuminating complex ideas in culture, science, technology and life through unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her 2011-acclaimed feature documentary, “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology”.

Tiffany’s latest film series, Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, is paving the way for a new kind of collaborative filmmaking that her film studio calls CLOUD FILMMAKING. The series will include 16 two to 10-minute films focused on important aspects of human life. Each film invites participants to submit videos that are used to create powerful shorts that are customized for free and given to not-for-profit organizations all over the world.

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