Breakfast @ Tiffany's: Fall 2015 Newsletter

Breakfast @ Tiffany's

Dear friends,

I hope you're enjoying the alabaster light of the fall and have taken a bite of at least one persimmon.

I'm looking forward to hunkering down and getting into some creative mulching. Recouping from the harvest of the recent two new films and Character Day, and replenishing the soil by reading lots of books, going to lots of art shows, watching lots of films and snuggling in with my family.

Here are some things to experience, watch, read, check out for good mulching this fall.


*All Details Below Table of Contents*

Events to Experience


Janet Echelman: As If It Were Already Here - Boston | May - Oct
Pataphysical Studios: Pataphysical Slot Machine - Mill Valley Public Library | Oct
Ernest Hemingway Exhibit - NY | Oct 13 - Jan 31
New Experiments in Art and Technology at CJM - SF | Oct 15 - Jan 17
Pop-Up Magazine - SEA & CHI | Oct 21 & 27
Wonderfest - Brava Theater SF | Oct 31
Exponential Medicine - San Diego | Nov 9 - 12
Next: Economy Conference - SF | Nov 12-13
Mill Valley Design District Open House | Nov 14 
Aeroir: A Taste of Place - Headlands Center for the Arts SF | Nov 19
100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area - de Young Museum, SF | Nov 20


New Film: The Adaptable Mind
New Film: The Making of a Mensch

Design Matters with Debbie Millman - Podcast 
Harvard Business review - Podcast
Brand New Ways - Podcast
The Womens Project - New Influencers
BCBG Contributor Profiles
CNET: Celebrating 20 Years of Tech

Books to Read


Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle
Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter
The Builders Association by Shannon Jackson & Marianne Weems
Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson
Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart & Jon Ippolito
More Than One Way To Be Okay by Ronit Gross
The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls by Charles C Dowd
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Films to Watch


Suffragette opens in select theaters 
Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)
 on Netflix
The Brain - new PBS Series with David Eagleman
Documentaries by Samar Minallah Khan
The Black Panthers in select theaters
He Named Me Malala in select theaters
The Royal Road in select theaters
Napa Valley Film Festival

Things to Check OUt


StemBox - Monthly science kits for girls
7 on Locust
The Fledgling Fund



Janet Echelman: As If It Were Already Here

May - October 2015 | Boston, MA

Janet Echelman

Janet's public art works are such beautiful visceral displays of our interconnectedness. - t

“A monumental, aerial sculpture is suspended over Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway from May through October 2015..."



Pataphysical Studios: Pataphysical Slot Machine

October | Mill Valley, CA

Pataphysical Studios.
Howard Rheingold is a close friend and one of my favorite thinkers. He along with other wise souls have created this fantastical ART/STEM/STEAM experience...and its house in the beautiful Mill Valley Library. One of the most gorgeous public libraries around.
Check it out! - t

“The Pataphysical Slot Machine at the Mill Valley Library throughout October 2015 will be open every weekend in October, in the library’s downstairs conference room...Our team will be on hand to demo the slot machine, share what we’ve learned and show you how to build your own interactive art projects.”

Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars

October 13 - January 31 | Morgan Library & Museum, NY

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
Loved this exhibit - especially seeing all the typed out drafts by Hemingway with his notes and from made me think deeply how much the technology we use is such a key part of the creative process...Also the letter from Dorothy Parker to Hemingway preparing him for the New Yorker profile she wrote on him is sublime. - t

“This is the first ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)... Organized in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, it includes multiple drafts of Hemingway's earliest short stories, notebooks, heavily revised manuscripts and typescripts of his major novels."


NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology

October 15 - Jan 17 | Contemporary Jewish Museum SF




This is a great show that highlights Art & Tech in the Bay Area. Ken will be speaking there on Thursday night. - t
The 1960s program Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was a turning point in art’s relationship with science as artists and scientists worked together on new, creative projects. The CJM’s Chief Curator Renny Pritikin with consultation from Paolo Salvagione, curate NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology, acknowledging that seminal event and celebrating the Bay Area’s leading role in bringing digital innovation into the fine arts.

Pop-Up Magazine

October 21 & 27 | Seattle & Chicago

Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine is such an unusual special experience. Those of you on this list in Seattle and Chicago I would definitely spontaneously go this week. These events normally sell out. - t
"Pop-Up Magazine showcases some the country’s most interesting writers, documentary filmmakers, photographers, radio producers, and illustrators, together on stage, sharing new stories, new work."

find out more


October 31 | Brava Theater San Francisco, CA


Ken and I and our kids go all out for Halloween. (Perhaps it's the Jews' lack of Christmas tree decorations.) This year our annual outdoor Halloween cinema (projected on the garage) will screen and recreate "Young Frankenstein." Ken will be Gene Wilder or course;) and I will attempt Madeline Kahn's Bride of Frankenstein.


All of this is a long way of saying we're into Halloween and will also be going to this Wonderfest. - t

“This is going to be a huge event of history, science, skepticism, escapes, and magic. In the ‘spirit’ of tradition, Robert Strong with co-producers William Radner & Tom Boldt, will present the Official Houdini Séance 2015 on the anniversary of Houdini’s death, October 31st.”



Exponential Medicine 

November 9 - 12 | San Diego, CA

Exponential Medicine  Exponential Medicine

Dr. Daniel Kraft always curates a fantastic collection of thinkers on medicine, our health and future possibilities. - t

"Exponential Medicine is a program of world-class faculty mixed with highly curated participants who want to break across traditional silos,  cross-fertilize, understand and leverage rapidly developing technologies to reinvent and improve many elements of healthcare and biomedicine."

find out more

Next: Economy

November 12-13 | Palace Hotel San Francisco, CA

Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle used to do this conference years ago and I'm glad it's back! - t  

“This two-day, high-value forum is where the geeks meet the suits, and where incumbents and upstarts come together to talk about what's happening and, more important, what's going to happen."

Mill Valley Design District Open House

November 14 | Mill Valley, CA

Mill Valley

Since the funky 70's when I first grew up in Mill Valley, the town has had many iterations -- very pleased with this recent
nexus of design happening with these great new stores. - t

"Mill Valley Miller Design District Day Hosted by Coupar Consulting in conjunction with 7 on Locust, Elena Calabrese Design & Décor, Revelation, Henrybuilt, Kress Design."

find out more

Aeroir: A Taste of Place

November 19 | The Headlands, CA

The Headland Center for the Arts continues to inspire me with their programming. I look forward to tasting the atmosphere at this event. - t

“Aeroir,” a concept developed by writer Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography, is the idea that local atmospheres offer unique tastes of place. Join us as we bring Twilley together with collaborators Zack Denfield from The Center for Genomic Gastronomy and Gabriel Harp from CoClimate, both of “smog meringue” fame, for the world’s first ever sit-down dinner of aeroir cuisine."



100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area

November 20 | de Young Museum, SF


Ken is co-organizing "100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area," at de Young Museum on Friday, 20 Nov, 6:30-9pm,
free to kids of all ages. Join us- t
“An evening of presentations and discussions in conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of the 1915 Pan Pacific International Expo.”


In case you missed our two new films, links below with highlighted interviews to hear thinking that went into them. - t

The Adaptable Mind

The Adaptable Mind

The Adaptable Mind (11 mins) explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century. 


The Making of A Mensch

The Making of A Mensch

The Making of a Mensch (11 mins) takes the science we explored in our film The Science of Character and reframes it through a Jewish lens.

In addition to our global cloud film premiere, there was a wonderful evening at The SFJCC Arts & Ideas where they showed "The Tribe" for its 10 year anniversary, Vanessa Hidary came out for a special performance and NPR's Michael Krasny interviewed me on my thinking on the new films. We also had a special guest, artist Mary Beth Heffernan who was featured in our film "The Adaptable Mind." They just posted the video of the whole evening and discussion here -t

Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review

Enjoyed doing this podcast talking about our new films and Character Day for Harvard Business Review... - t



Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters

What a treat it was to be live with Debbie at her studio at The New School of Visual Arts to do this interview.  She is amazing and I love her podcast Design Matters- t

"Debbie Millman has interviewed more than 250 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin and more. In the ten years since its inception, the show has garnered millions of downloads and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award."

listen here

The Womens Project - New Influencers

I got to do two super fun photoshoots around the release of my new films. This one for Lauri Levenfeld's New Influencers Project and for BCBG below. t

"The Womens Project is a creative forum bringing women together as a community to inspire, teach, learn, share, and grow."



BCBG Contributor Profiles


CNET: Celebrating 20 Years of Tech

CNET had asked me to write an article reflecting back on 20 years since founding The Webby Awards on how much the internet and filmmaking has changed. - t


Brand New Ways

with Jen Leonard

Brand New WaysBrand New Ways

I met Jen on Twitter when she tweeted about interviewing my dad many years ago. We had a wonderful discussion that went in many different directions. Her podcast Brand New Ways is terrific. - t 

"Jen Leonard investigates change making and rule breaking..."
find out more - scroll to episode #28



Reclaiming Conversation

By Sherry Turkle

Reclaiming Conversation

Sherry and I are friends and interested in the same things around technology--that we should look at and question our use and behavior.
This book is a deep dive into that subject. - t

“Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.”


Unfinished Business

By Anne-Marie Slaughter

Unfinished Business

I will never forget the tornado of emotions and conversations around Anne-Marie's article three years ago around being a working woman in today's world. This takes that article expands and presents ideas on how to take us further towards equality. - t

“A powerful, persuasive, thought-provoking vision for how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and family.”

The Builders Association

By Shannon Jackson & Marianne Weems 

The Builders Association

The theater experiences of The Builders Association are transfixing and mind-blowing.
Loved learning that their book is now out for the public!- t

"This book begins with the building of a house, and the building of a company while building the house. It expands to look at the ideas found in various rooms, some of which expanded into virtual space while they still were grounded in the lives of the artists in the house."

find out more

Disrupt Yourself

By Whitney Johnson

Disrupt Yourself

In this book, Whitney applies the ideas around
Harvard's Clay Christensen's Disruptive Innovation and how this framework can apply to your own particular path. - t

“Consider this simple yet powerful idea: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist.”


Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory 

By Richard Rinehart & Jon Ippolito



This book asks, how will our increasingly digital civilization persist beyond our lifetimes? I just heard a talk by Rick on this book and can't wait to understand his and Ippolito's deep thinking on this subject. - t 

"How will our increasingly digital civilization persist beyond our lifetimes? Audio and videotapes demagnetize; CDs delaminate; Internet art links to websites that no longer exist; Amiga software doesn't run on iMacs. In Re-collection, Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito argue that the vulnerability of new media art illustrates a larger crisis for social memory."

More Than One Way To Be Okay

By Ronit Gross

More Than One Way To Be Okay

I'm always looking for children's books to read to our 6 year old that present alternative ideas around character and identity. - t

“What to do when life just won’t go the way it should."


The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls

By Charles C Dowd

The A to Z Guide


From the majority of kids books, you'd think that the only options are to grow up and be a princess. Happy to have just pre-orderd this one to read to our 6 year old. - t

“Tired of stereotypical characters in books for girls, this dad wrote his own.”




Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Notorious RBG: The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is such an intellectual rockstar. Happy to see pop culture has found a good name and icon to frame her career in this biography on her life. - t

"Nearly a half-century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the octogenarian won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute. In a class of its own, and much to Ginsburg’s own amusement, is the Notorious RBG Tumblr, which juxtaposes the diminutive but fierce Jewish grandmother with the 350-pound rapper featuring original artwork submitted from around the world."
find out more



Directed by Sarah Gavron


I just saw this brilliant film for closing night of the Mill Valley Film Festival. It is so powerful and will definitely be up for the Oscars. Please, please go out in force for their opening weekend. It opens in NYC & LA this coming Friday and in SF on Oct 30th. Independent films require strong opening weekends. It's such an important film! - t

"In late 19th and early 20th century, the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in the quest for equal rights."

find out more

Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time)


Demetri is one of the most insightful, clever comics around. His humor is intellectually deft and you can watch with your kids (which I can't do with most of my other fav. comedians) can't recommend him enough. - t
"Demetri Martin brings his off-kilter take on acoustic guitar, hairless cats, color schemes, and the word 'nope' to Washington in his original special."


The Brain with David Eagleman

Begins October 14th on PBS

The Brain with David Eagleman

When he and I were both speaking at a conference, we decided he was my "brother from another mother,"
as we are both focused on all things related to the brain.
Looking forward to checking out his new show. - t

"Join me for an exhilarating tour into the inner cosmos that generates your reality. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, I hope you’ll be able to squint and make out something that you might not have expected to see in there. You."


Samar Minallah Khan

Samar Minallah Khan

I met Samar when the wonderful organization Vital Voices was celebrating her for her films that highlight men and boys who stand up against the old tradition of giving daughters to settle disputes. She is doing such important work!-  t

" One of Samar Minallah Khan's documentaries ‘Swara—A Bridge over Troubled Waters’ has won several national and international awards for breaking the silence around a practice that violates rights of girl child and women. It helped in legislation against a culturally sanctioned form of violence against minor girls."


The Black Panthers

Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr.

The Black Panthers

Stanley is an amazing filmmaker. I can't wait to see this new film. - t

“Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.”


He Named Me Malala

Directed by Davis Guggenheim

He Named Me Malala


Malala is a hero in a world that needs more heroes. I'm planning on taking a group of my daughter's friends to see this film. I hope you will too. - t

“An intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education for all girls worldwide.”




The Royal Road

Film by Jenni Olson

The Royal Road

I've always had great respect for Jenni Olson as a fillmmaker and an advocate for women filmmakers. I highly recommend this film. - t

“A cinematic essay in defense of remembering — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.”


Napa Valley Film Festival

Napa Valley Film Festival
Good wine, food and films. This is a cornucopia of goodness.-t

“The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 11 - 15 (Wednesday - Sunday) in the four walk-able villages of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Each year the festival features 125 new independent films, 300+ filmmakers and film industry guests, 150 wineries, 30 chefs, and an array of culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, and special events.”




I just ordered a subscription of this for my girls. - t

“StemBox is a monthly subscription box that is intended to provide girls with a hands-on approach to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Each box will have different concepts and experiments for the girls to explore.”

7 on Locust
7 on Locust  7 On Locust

Who doesn't need a fabulous doorstop? - t

"7 on Locust is a lifestyle boutique celebrating unique clothing, jewelry, art and home décor all curated by owner Nadine Curtis."
find out more

See 7 on Locust at Mill Valley's Design District Open House on November 14. find out more

The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling fund

Filmmakers and social change makers if you are looking for funding, The Fledging Fund is fantastic. - t

“We are a private foundation driven by the passionate belief that film can inspire a better world. Fledgling has an open rolling grant application process."



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—Elizabeth Lawrence


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