Led by Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, the SF based The Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab has had four films premiere at Sundance, won over 70 awards, and her work has been described by the New York Times as “Examining everything from the big bang to Twitter.” Three of their films have been selected by The U.S. State Department to screen at embassies around the world as part of the American Film Showcase. Their AOL Original hit series, The Future Starts Here, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture, and has over 40 million views. Shlain also runs a sister organization to the film studio, a nonprofit called Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change that make free films for schools globally. They just organized the second annual #CharacterDay where they premiered two new films The Adaptable Mind & The Making of a Mensch to over 6700 screenings in 41 countries on Sept 18th.
This is a project created by our nonprofit Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, and all films and resources are free. If you didn't get a chance to view the films please do check them out here. They have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English Captions, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish (Latin America), and Swahili.
#CharacterDay absolutely blew our minds. Watching the stream of conversation, pictures, comments, press, etc. flow in and ripple out in so many directions was so beautiful, humbling, and most of all, inspiring. Thank you to everyone who participated in any way!
- 6,752 screenings at schools, classrooms, workplaces, and organizations.
- Events were held in 41 countries, on all inhabited continents. (There wasn't one in Antarctica this year;)
- People from over 125 countries tapped into the conversation online.
- Over 35 million Twitter and press impressions and engagements.
Amazing coverage from such a wide range of sources, from US Sec of Education Arne Duncan's great article about CharacterDay to:
My personal highlight was going to Mill Valley Middle School and at the end of The Adaptable Mind screening, an auditorium of 7th graders spontaneously started raising their hands along with the cloud footage of people raising their hands from all over the world. The teachers and I were all tearing up.
There were so many schools, classrooms , organizations, theaters, museums, libraries, and even entire school districts participating, from screenings in Australia, China, Tanzania, Honduras, Pakistan, France and many more!
SPECIAL SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS:
In the Bay Area alone, there were at least 415 screenings with over 74,382 participants (San Francisco Unified had all 345 public schools and after school programs engaged)! The public premieres were a dream, with screenings at The San Francisco Public Library, The Exploratorium, The Mill Valley Library, and a full house gala event of 500 at the JCCSF Arts & Ideas program with special guests Vanessa Hidary, Art Professor Mary Beth Heffernan who is featured in The Adaptable Mind, and an on-stage interview with NPR’s Michael Krasny.
When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: "When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it's attached to everything else."Continue reading…
By Andrew Gurevich
The Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards founder has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being named by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.” Shlain’s films encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world. Like future On the Block Radio guest Douglas Rushkoff, she explores how technology is shaping us in new, and often unexpected, ways.
Spring 2016 Newsletter
Happy almost spring. To those of you new to this list, I send a quarterly newsletter with films, books, events, and other things I’m finding inspiring and interesting, as well as projects my film team and I are working on.
Right now it feels like everything around me is about cycles -- seeing new cycles of life bursting forth on the trees, and appreciating the perspective that comes from more years passing by.
Our youngest, Blooma, is almost seven years old (sigh), which is also the number of years we’ve been doing our “Technology Shabbats,” where we turn off all screens for one day every week. Doing something for that long changes you in unusual ways. Our eldest Odessa, almost thirteen, is becoming a bat mitzvah: a huge rite of passage that we are also trying to reimagine in unusual ways.
I met Ken at the same time I started The Webby Awards...which is now having its 20th Anniversary in NYC this spring. Wowza.
Our nonprofit Let It Ripple is having our third annual free Global Character Day on Sept 22, 2016, where people all over the world will screen films, engage with discussion materials, and join a global Q&A about character: who we are and who we want to be in the world. It seems just by listening to what’s happening in the US and the world, there has never been a more relevant time to have this conversation. We hope you’ll join. The Character Day sign-up form just went live.
To looking at life simultaneously through the rear view mirror and that big front windshield.