Award-winning filmmaker and Webby Awards creator Tiffany Shlain will screen and discuss her innovative film Connected as well as her prominent role as a woman using technology to ask pressing social questions. A fascinating transmedia project, Connected is an illuminating journey through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century. Al Gore remarked of the film, “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.” The film recently won a Women in Film award from National Geographic and was an official Sundance 2011 selection.
Following a screening of the film, USC faculty member Tara McPherson will lead a discussion with Shlain and the audience, including questions generated in part through a moderated Twitter feed.
About the Artist
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Her films have been selected at over 100 film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca and Rotterdam, and have won twenty awards, including audience and grand jury prizes. Shlain’s films are a fusion of documentary and narrative and are known for their whimsical yet provocative approach to unraveling complicated subjects like politics, cultural identity, technology and science. She has been singled out by the New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the Sundance Institute for her cutting-edge work using documentaries and Internet distribution in unique ways to engage audiences. A sought-after keynote speaker known for her visual presentations, she lectures worldwide on filmmaking and the Internet’s influence on society.
Now You See It: Using the Science of Attention to Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn
A Lecture by Cathy N. Davidson
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
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Organized by Phil Ethington (History) and Tara McPherson (Cinematic Arts). Co-sponsored by the Center for Transformative Scholarship.
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