Led by Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards and speaker, the SF based The Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab has had four films premiere at Sundance, won over 80 awards, and has been singled out 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.
Tiffany Shlain and her team also run a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. The films produced under Let it Ripple employ a new type of filmmaking they pioneered called “Cloud Filmmaking,” which experiments with making films collaboratively with people all over the world and then provides free customized versions of the films to nonprofit organizations and schools. Learn more about Cloud Filmmaking in The Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto. Films in this series include: Free Speech (2014), The Science of Character (2014), Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks & accompanying TED Book (2012), Engage (2012), A Declaration of Interdependence (2011). The fourth film in the series, The Science of Character premiered on the 1st annual Int'l Character Day as a global film premiere screening simultaneously in over 1500 schools and organizations around the world.
Their past projects include award-winning feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which explores interdependence and what it means to be connected in the 21st century; The Friendship, a parody on what the world would look like if we all became friends; Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, about the importance of unplugging occasionally from technology; The Tribe which looks at American Jewish Identity and was singled out by The Sundance Institute, The New York Times, and Variety as an example of innovative distribution using the Internet and engaging audiences with live events, and was the first documentary to reach #1 on iTunes; and Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness, about reproductive rights in America, used in Planned Parenthoods nationwide and re-released in 2012.
The Moxie Institute was founded by Tiffany Shlain and UC Berkeley robotics professor and artist Ken Goldberg, who have over 20 years of experience with films, the Internet, live events, symposia, and a variety of new media projects that deliver powerful and resonant experiences in support of social awareness and change. Professor Goldberg is also the director for UC Berkeley’s Center for Data and Democracy. Along with its many film and art installation projects, The Moxie Institute also hosts conferences and symposiums about new forms of filmmaking and distribution.
The Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab is located in San Francisco.