East Coast Premiere

Between texts and tweets, memes and microchips, we’ve become conditioned to break the world down into byte-sized bits. In the process we’ve stopped seeing the forest for the trees, never mind the root system that connects them all. In Connected, Tiffany Shlain—award-winning filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards—sets out to explore these bonds with the help of her father, acclaimed author and thinker Dr. Leonard Shlain. When the unexpected happens during the making of the film, Tiffany is forced to reexamine everything she thought she knew about life, relationships, and connectedness. Tracing interdependence through history, she discovers the surprising links between right brain and left; alphabets and power; honey bees and stress; hormones and happiness; technology and nature; progress and consequences; and parents and children. The result is a personal film with universal resonance that encourages viewers to make connections of their own. Offering an exhilarating stream-of-consciousness ride, Connected is a journey through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century. For centuries we’ve been declaring independence. With insight, curiosity, and humor, this film explores whether it’s time to declare our interdependence.

Discussion to follow with director Tiffany Shlain. Moderated by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale.

About the Filmmaker

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. Her films have been selected by over 100 film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and Rotterdam, won 20 awards including Audience and Grand Jury Prizes, been translated into 8 languages and been shown at museums including LACMA, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Guggenheim. A celebrated thinker and speaker, she has advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is on the advisory board of M.I.T.'s Geospatial Lab and presented the 2010 Commencement Address at UC Berkeley.

Preceded by: U: Uranium

11 min. Directed by Sarah Del Seronde. A look at the contamination of the waters and health of Native and non-Native communities near the Grand Canyon and across the Southwest as a result of decades of uranium mining and milling.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2010


Narrator: Peter Coyote
Director: Tiffany Shlain
Producers: Sasha Lewis & Carlton Evans
Animation: Stefan Nadelman
Composer: Gunnard Doboze
Editors: Tiffany Shlain and Dalan McNabola
Presented by The Moxie Institute and Impact Partners

2011 Films & Events

· African Cats
· Bag It
· Connected
· EFFY After Dark 2011
· Filmmaking Workshop with Ian Cheney
· If A Tree Falls
· Journey of the Universe
· Queen of the Sun
· Short Films
· The City Dark
· Waste Land
· YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip