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.
Happy first day of summer! I hope you have some summer adventure on the horizon. I heard that half the enjoyment of a trip is the anticipation leading up to it.
I’m excited to share that we're making a new film about the past, present, and future of women and power. It’s part of Refinery29’s women director’s series called Shatterbox. The 10 minute film will be released in the fall and we are also working on a larger series on the topic. Last week, I was honored to attend the extremely inspiring gathering at The White House’s United State of Women Summit. It was such an invigorating place to feel where we are and where we need to go. Highlights below.
We're also gearing up for Character Day on September 22. So far over 13,000 events in over 40 countries have signed up! (There’s so much news in regards to Character Day that we will send a separate email.) Focusing on scientific research about character development is especially important today, individually and for society. Krista Tippet and I discuss it on her podcast On Being here.
This newsletter has a new format for a new crop of art shows, films, books and things to explore for summer.
To the longest day of the year...
Announced today, actress Kristen Stewart will make her directorial debut as a filmmaker with a short film currently titled Water, and actress Gabourey Sidibe will make her directorial debut with a short film currently titled A Tale of Four Women. Additional filmmakers in the ShatterBox Anthology include: Academy Award nominee Jessica Sanders, Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon, Webby Award founder and Emmy nominee Tiffany Shlain, Courtney Hoffman, Jessica Dimmock, Robin Cloud, Roja Gashtili, Julia Lerman, and Anu Valia. The first film debut backed by ShatterBox Anthology, Kitty, which is Chloë Sevigny’s directorial debut, will premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.Continue reading…
There’s a Goethe quote that Tiffany Shlain has had framed on her desk since she was a little girl:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now.”
By any standard for success, Tiffany has accomplished a lot. She has contributed an impressive amount of value to the world, combining film with the web to make and evolve change. She is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, has spoken at multiple TED events, and delivered a commencement speech to UC Berkeley praised as among the best ever by NPR, just to name a few feathers in her signature chapeau.
Family is a priority for Shlain, and themes of connection are predominant throughout her work. Both her family and her companies, The Moxie Institute Film Studio and nonprofit Let It Ripple, are based in San Francisco, where she is currently preparing to launch her 3rd annual global event, Character Day.
We had the privilege and honor of sitting down with Tiffany to discuss focus, moxie and inspirational tips for how to produce effective change in the world.