CONNECTED will premiere in LA at the Arclight on September 30th - so catch this film a day before everyone else! This vibrant, delightful film explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time—the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy—during a transformative time in the life of the director, Tiffany Shlain. We call CONNECTED "A Declaration of Interdependence."
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Shlain’s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future.
Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
“Tiffany Shlain demonstrates, with lyrical simplicity, our interdependence on one another and the interconnectedness of humanity with all life on earth. With a tightly synchronized dance between her powerful images and insightful words — with humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all — including environmental degradation, dizzying technological innovation and population growth — and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring. Throughout, she also presents and honors the deep wisdom of her late father, Leonard Shlain, reminding us of the deepest connections that breathe meaning into life.”
-- Al Gore
“The excerpts (from Connected) shown were not just beautiful but deeply resonant, and it was hard not to be swept along by the elegance and optimism on the screen.”
-- Forbes Magazine
“Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time…With wonderful heart, humor and irony, and an impressive sense of scale, Connected creates both a personal portrait and a proposal for ways we can move forward as a civilization.”
-- Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival