Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over 65 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being named by NPR as having delivered one of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.”
She has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “high-tech Terry Gilliam,” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter.” The US State Department has also selected three of Shlain’s films including Connectedto represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase. Her AOL Original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world.
Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has been featured at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies. Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She has contributed articles for Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine and was listed by Indiewire & FastCompany for her writing on twitter. TED Conferences published her first book, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, which premiered simultaneously with the accompanying 10 min film and has been writing a quarterly newsletter called Breakfast @ Tiffany's since 1998. She runs an independent film studio + lab in San Francisco called The Moxie Institute.
Tiffany lives in Northern California with her husband and collaborator Ken Goldberg (an artist & professor of robotics at UC Berkeley) and their two children. Her films and work often wrestle with the good, the bad and the potential of technology. She and her family are on their 5th year unplugging each week for 24 hours as part of their “technology shabbats,” which she has written about, given talks about and explores in many of her films.
XANDRA CASTLETON, PRODUCER & CO-WRITER
Xandra Castleton (co-writer, producer) has a track record of premiering her award-winning independent films at top festivals. She was the co-writer and producer of Full Grown Men, starring Judah Friedlander, Matt McGrath, Alan Cumming, Amy Sedaris, and Debbie Harry, the winner of the 2007 Indie Wire/Sundance Channel Undiscovered Gems Audience Award. It was a NY Magazine, LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle Critic’s Pick when it was released in theaters and is still broadcast around the world today.
Xandra is a writer and one of the show creators of Stand Up Planet, a television series exploring comedy in developing countries that is currently in pre-production with KCET/Link TV. As Series Producer of KQED’s Independent View, a series that profiled independent filmmakers and actors, she won a regional Emmy award for her profile of John Waters.
She teaches screenwriting at Stanford University and at the University of San Francisco.
MAYA DRAISIN, CO-WRITER
Maya Draisin is Associate Publisher of Marketing, WIRED. She has been with the brand for over eight years. Draisin previously served as the promotions director, special projects director, and most recently the brand & strategy director. She has been integral in founding tent pole extensions like The WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, National GeekDad Day, and the WIRED Insiders. As Associate Publisher, Maya pursues and oversees new business and revenue opportunities for WIRED while ensuring that all extensions reflect the brand’s ethos. Maya co-founded The Webby Awards and it’s judging body, The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. She was recently named to MIN’s “21 Most Intriguing People in Media – 2012.”
Directed by Tiffany Shlain
Written by Tiffany Shlain, Maya Draisin, Xandra Castleton
Produced by Xandra Castleton
Edited by Jennifer Steinman
Design/Collage Art by Gil Gershoni
Sound Design by Dave Nelson
Music Composed by Mark De Gli Antoni
A Grottofilms Production
Inspired by Ilha das Flores, by Jorge Furtado
Ashley Adams……Sarah Mueller
Bud LaCroix……Mark Pauline
Mr. Adams……John Newmeyer
Mrs. Adams……Nancy G. Heine
Mr. Lee……Sud Zhu Xu
Mrs. Lee……Rui Hui Li Xu
Lee’s son……Benson Wend Da Xu
Lee’s daughter……Tina Lee
Lee Grandchildren……Cory & Nicy Lee
Frog……Fred the Frog
No frogs were harmed on the set of this film
Archival Images……Getty Images/Image Bank Films, Craig Baldwin, Efootage.com
Production Manager/Live Shoot……Katherine Zilavy
Production Manager/Distribution……Molli Amara Simon
Dialogue Editor……Jeff Darby
Foley Artist……Dian Langlois
DOLBY Sound Consultant……Dan Sperry
Prop Goddess……Rae Richman
Lighting Assistants……Peggy Kim, David Marbry, Jill Vanoncini
Research……Whit Morris, Marti Hearst, Jennifer Fogelman, Danielle Beverly
Opening Title Design……Golan Levin
Avid Digitizer……Christine Cannavo
Video Post Production Facility……E2 Editorial
“Lulei Lulei” performed by D’Yara Irina Mikhailova
The Financing of this Film was Made Possible by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
and the Generous Spirit of…
Dian Harrison, Kim Meredith, Quinn Delaney, Roy E. Hahn & Linda G. Montgomery, Gary & Laura Lauder, Nadine North, Laurie Patterson & Richard North Patterson, Darian Weltman Swig
Founding Circle of Supporters:
Susie Tompkins Buell, Nan Tucker McEvoy, Yen Chuang Foundation, Gregory Gretsch, Jane Metcalfe, Marcia & John Goldman
Fiscal Sponsor……Bay Area Video Coalition
Executive Producer/Distribution……Tiffany Shlain
Production Manager/Distribution……Molli Amara Simon
Ken Goldberg, David Munro, Leonard Shlain, Carole Jaffe, Kimberly Brooks, Jordan Shlain, Amy Gershoni, Sarah Varney, Charley Patton, Ari Wallach, Barbara Ely, Therese Wilson, Ina Gyemant Lillian Rosenthal, Josh Rosen, Joanne Winter Isa Hendry, Karen Keef, Ann Goldberg, Larry Hillman Adele Goldberg, Elena Man, Peter Kaufman, Chris Martin, Amy Critchett, Noah Hawley, Susan Hoffman, Dorka Keen , Joanne Winters, Jennifer Morla, Adam Werbach, Lyn Merrill, Kitka, Joel Bachar, Julie Burton, Dave Skaff, Amy Tobin, Anne Gyemant, Cate Reigner, Michael Vavricek David-Michel Davies, Jane Ganahl , Nathan Shedroff, Torryne Choate, Scott Balcerek, Laurie Blavin, Margot McGowan, Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfyne, DJ Polywog, Eiming Jung, Scott Compton, David Skaff, Cynthia Lohr, Jeanne Meyers, Michael Corey, Jay Capela , Andrea Dew, Noelle Colombe, Michelle Maine, Nancy Ganis, Zoe Duskin, Naomi Wolf, Marilyn Fabe, Arnie Baskin, Les Blank, Gail Silva, Gloria Steinem.