TIFFANY SHLAIN | FILMMAKER & FOUNDER OF THE WEBBY AWARD
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 “Connected” to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase. Her original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy in the category, New Approaches to Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has nearly 40 million views. 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, titled Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks. She has been writing a quarterly newsletter called Breakfast @ Tiffany's in 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 and explores in her films.
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SAWYER STEELE | PRODUCER & WRITER
Sawyer Steele is Senior Producer for The Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab and Senior Producer and co-founder of Let it Ripple: The Cloud Filmmaking Studio. He has produced, written, and co-edited several award-winning films with acclaimed Director Tiffany Shlain including The Science of Character, A Declaration of Interdependence, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and Engage. He co-wrote the award-winning Sundance film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology. He also produced and co-wrote the AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which explores the intersections of humanity, society, and technology as we rush head first into the 21st century and which has received nearly 40 million views in its first three months. His work with Tiffany Shlain has been instrumental in pioneering a new type of participatory filmmaking they call “Cloud Filmmaking.” He was born and raised in New England, has a degree from Colby College, and lives in Oakland, CA.
KEN GOLDBERG | CO-FOUNDER & WRITER
Ken Goldberg is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media. At UC Berkeley, Ken teaches and supervises research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media. Ken was awarded dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media. He is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and the School of Information. Ken also has an appointment in the UC San Francisco Medical School’s Department of Radiation Oncology. Ken has published over 150 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media, Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. Ken was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.
SARAH JAINCHILL | EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Sarah Jainchill is the Executive Assistant to Tiffany Shlain at Let It Ripple. Sarah has had the opportunity to work and immerse herself in various unique jobs within the world of media in the Bay Area. She has a passion for social justice inspired film production and has written, directed, and edited several social justice centered short films while going to the University of San Francisco, where she received a B.A. in Media Studies. When she is not at work, she loves to explore hidden places, be an early on grandma: cook and knit, and play music. Sarah was raised in the Bay Area and lives in San Francisco with her partner and their daughter, who just happens to be a cat.
Una Lorenzen is the Art Director and Animator for Let it Ripple’s recent short films and for The Moxie Institute’s Emmy-nominated series The Future Starts Here. Based in Montreal and originally from Iceland, Una has been creating short films and fascinating visual worlds for documentaries, live action films, music and art events of all sorts since she graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2009 with an MFA in Experimental Animation. She also received a BFA in Graphic Design from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2004, utilizing mixed media techniques to construct a distinctive visual experience for each project. Her personal work has been screened at multiple festivals and galleries such as MOMA-New York (Nordic Outbreak Tour), Kro Art Gallery-Vienna (Tricky Women Festival), Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Film Festival-Scandinavia, Tribeca Underground Festival-New York, National Gallery of Iceland, Fantasia Film Festival-Montreal, Unsound Music Festival-Poland, Independent Exposure Tour-USA and on the Artforum website.