TIFFANY SHLAIN, DIRECTOR/WRITER/EDITOR
Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over 70 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.
CARLTON EVANS, PRODUCER, CO-WRITER
Carlton was the associate producer and director of outreach for The Tribe, an award-winning short about the history of the Jewish people and the Barbie doll, and an official selection at over 100 festivals including Sundance and Tribeca. He is also the co-founder and director of the Disposable Film Festival, which celebrates achievements in new media filmmaking. Carlton has taught film theory, art history, and architecture at Stanford, San Francisco State University, and SF Art Institute, and lectures worldwide about film and new media. Carlton holds a PhD in Art History and Film Theory from Stanford University.
KEN GOLDBERG, CO-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.
SAWYER STEELE, CO-WRITER, PRODUCTION MANAGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
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 seriesThe Future Starts Here, which explores the intersections of humanity, society, and technology as we rush head first into the 21st century and which received over 20 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.
STEFAN NADELMAN, ANIMATION DIRECTOR
Stefan Nadelman won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2003 for his short film, Terminal Bar. Among a variety of personal, collaborative, and commercial work, he has directed and animated shorts with Robert Smigel for Saturday Night Live’s “TV Funhouse,” a music video for Menomena’s “Evil Bee,” and the viral mini-epic short film about war called Food Fight.
GUNNARD DOBOZE, COMPOSER
Gunnard Doboze scored the 2009 Oscar-nominated Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner and the 2004 Official Sundance Selection September Tapes.
DALAN MCNABOLA, EDITOR
Dalan McNabola, born, raised and educated in San Francisco, is a filmmaker and editor. He just finished editing, with Tiffany Shlain, her newest feature film, “Connected: An Autoblogography about Life, Death & Technology” connectedthefilm.com, which premiered in the Sundance Film Festival’s 2011 U.S. Documentary Competition. From 2006 to 2008, Dalan worked as a Producer/Editor at Al Gore’s Emmy Award winning Current TV, where he created daily content doing short animations, motion graphics and video editing. Prior to that, Dalan worked closely with Tiffany as an associate editor on The Tribe (2006) which has been shown at over a 100 festivals including, Sundance, Tribeca, and Rotterdam. He loves what he does and knows just how lucky this makes him.
PETER COYOTE, NARRATOR
Peter Coyote is an Emmy Award-winning film, stage, and television actor and voiceover artist who has appeared in over 100 films, and narrated over 165 documentaries. www.petercoyote.com/
The supporters of this project include Impact Partners headed by Dan Cogan and Geralyn Dreyfous, the executive producer of the 2004 Oscar-winning documentary, Born Into Brothels. Impact Partners is a film fund for investors and philanthropists who seek to promote social change through film. Since its inception less than three years ago, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 25 films, including: The Cove, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; Freeheld, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film; The Garden, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009.
THE MOXIE INSTITUTE
The Moxie Institute has made a name for itself creating and distributing socially minded films in exciting new ways. Engaging people in the powerful social, political, and cultural issues that are shaping the 21st century requires effective use of the emerging technologies that are changing the way that information is exchanged and absorbed, and that communities are established. Coupling traditional media like films, books and live events with the new technologies to connect people around issues and ideas is a powerful way to disseminate and debate important questions of our day. The Moxie Institute develops these types of projects as well as provides information for others on how to harness the power of the Internet to maximize their efforts.
The founders have over a decade 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. We believe that to initiate and sustain dialogue on important issues, the creativity and quality of the message must be matched by the creativity and quality of its distribution. Their last project, The Tribe, 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. Their projects include: The Tribe which explores American Jewish Identity, Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness, which explores reproductive rights in America, Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, which explores the importance of unplugging occasionally from technology and Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology explores interdependence in the 21st century. The Moxie Institute also participates in conferences and symposiums about new forms of media and distribution. The last two events they co-hosted included one at Columbia University in NYC and one at UCBerkeley in the Bay Area.
To see the Moxie Institute team, please visit About the Moxie Institute
THE DISTRIBUTION TEAM
RO*CO FILMS, INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR
Ro*co is honored to represent a collection of documentaries that inspire and entertain. They recognize that documentary films can connected us to human experiences well beyond the boundaries of our own. The films they choose transport us to new places and persuade us that they possess the power to do the same for audiences around the world. Founded by Annie Roney in 2000, ro*co films remains committed to finding audiences aroudnt he world for the best documentaries of our day. With eight Oscar-nominated and or/winning documentary films under our watch, as well as a slate of award-winning film festival documentaries, ro*co has earned the trust and respect of both the filmmaking community and the people who give their films a platform. http://www.rocofilms.com/
Director | Tiffany Shlain
Producers | Sasha Lewis & Carlton Evans
Writers | Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, Carlton Evans, and Sawyer Steele
Animation Director | Stefan Nadelman
Composer | Gunnard Doboze
Editors | Tiffany Shlain & Dalan McNabola
Narrator | Peter Coyote
Presented by The Moxie Institute and Impact Partners
Executive Producers | Geralyn Dreyfous, Sarah Johnson Redlich, and Pamela Tanner Boll
Co-Executive Producers | Roselyne Chroman Swig, The 11th Hour Project, Caroleen & Juliette Feeney, Dan Cogan
Co-Producers | Diana Barrett for the Fledgling Fund, Julia Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger and Judith Helfand for Chicken & Egg Pictures, Brad and Andrea Heffler, Jim & Susan Swartz, The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Matthew Hiltzik, The Embrey Family Foundation
Story Editor | Karen Everett, New Doc Editing
Supervising Sound Editor & Re-Recording Mixer | Dave Nelson Outpost Studios SF
Dialog Editor, Sound FX Editor | Miik Dinko
Associate Producers | David Straus & Joe Neulight, Emily & David Pottruck, Susan Swig, The Compton Foundation, David Haas
Production Manager and Associate Editor | Sawyer Steele
Production and Outreach Coordinator | Haley Seppa
Media Services | Matthew J. Hiltzik, Lizzie Hurlbut, Linda Lipman for Hiltzik Strategies, Clare Ann Darragh and Lina Plath for Frank PR
Legal Services | Richard Lee, Lee, Lawless & Blyth, Attorneys at Law, Michael Donaldson, Donaldson & Calif
Production Accountants | Steven J. Axelrod & Richard Snow
501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsor | San Francisco Film Society
Mobile Web App Partners | MIT Geospatial Data Center, Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation, The Good Guide, UC Berkeley’s New Media Center
Website Designer | words pictures ideas with Ben Davis, Brian VanderZanden, Scott Blew, Mike Jeter, Emily Hunter
Mobile Web App Team | Lift Projects with Brendan Wypich, Rajiv Patel, Jeff Young
Archival and Stock Footage | provided by Getty Images and Oddball Film + Video, San Francisco
Footage of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf | courtesy of Henry Ansbacher
News Footage | courtesy of Associated Press and CNN
Digital Post-Production and Mastering | Video Arts/San Francisco
Executive Post Producer | Kim Salyer
Color Finishing | Gary Coates
On-Line Editor | Ben Zweig
Script Contributor | Jenny Traig
Voice Over Actor | Elizabeth Marks
Production Coordinator | Eric Preston Stout
Production Graphic Designer | Rebecca Bortman
Production Assistant | Jesse Wakeman
Interns | Hope Marquardt, Brittany Blum, Alexandra MacArthur, Cass McNelley, Kyia Clayton
Family Love & Support |
my mother, Carole Lewis Jaffe, daughters: Odessa Goldberg, Electra Goldberg, brother Jordan Shlain,sister Kimberly Shlain Brooks, brother-in-law Albert Brooks, Caroline Shlain, stepmother Ina Gyemant, Stepfather Herb Jaffe, Ann Goldberg, Adele Goldberg, Ali Yazdani, Elena Man, Maya Draisin & Mike Farrah, Gil and Amy Gershoni, Tina Sharkey & Seth Goldstein, Jamie & Marc Lunder
For Believing in This Project So Early On |
Roselyne Chroman Swig, Geralyn Dreyfous, Debbie Findling, Susan & Jim Swartz, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Pam Boll, Caroleen Feeney, Diana Barrett, Susan Stern, Wendy Schmidt, Amy Rao, Joe Sciortino, Erin Strain, Sarah Bell, Matthew Hiltzik, Lauren Davis, Peter A. Reiling, Ben Dunlap, Skip Battle, Eric Motley, Edith Eddy, Jennifer Sokolove, Sheila Leddy, Emily Verellen, Lauren Embrey, Diane Hosey, Julia Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Brad and Andrea Heffler, Zenobia Barlow
JaMel Perkins, Jennifer & Tony Smorgen, Tina Sharkey & Seth Goldstein
Craig Newmark, Eiming Jung
Film Advisors |
Al Gore, Anna Deveare Smith, Judith Helfand, Douglas Rushkoff, Adam Werbach, Vendela Vida, Dave Eggers, Graham Leggat, Philip Krohn, Alan Eyzaguirre, Susan Stern, Howard Rheingold, Professor Rod Kramer, Ross Dawson, John Hagel III
Special Gratitude for Film Support |
Caroline Libresco, Shari Frilot, John Cooper, Trevor Groth, Joseph Beyer, Roberta Marie Munroe, Annie Roney, Lynn Hershman, Dan Geller & Dayna Fine, Arne Johnson, Shane King, Dan Cogan, Nicole Gulllemet, Sara Pollack, Dan Russell, Robb Moss, Mark Pesce, Ari Wallach, Fritjof Capra, Stephen Parr, Robert Chehoski, Gilly Barnes, and Andy Black.
My Film Teachers | Marilyn Fabe at UCB & Arnie Baskin at NYU.
It Takes an Interconnected Village |
Cecilia Alegria, Marina Gorbis, Amy Critchett, Jenny Wolfe, Mary Pult, Rachelle Tuescher, Julie Hermelin, Jackie Bezos, Katie Donnelley, Peter Reiling, Eric Motley, John R. Williams, Abel Sanchez, Steve Chan, Robert J. Birgeneau, Heather Mobley, Jay Gilbert Coen, Alec Ross, Jonathan Greenblat. Steven Nelson, Jim Keravala, Jerry Michalski, Ross Dawson, Judith Aidoo, Judah Schiller, Vlad Kroll, Bill Hill, Justine Jacobs, Nathan Shedroff, Ninive Calegari, Peter Stein, Raveevarn, Robin Sloan, Michael Berens, Nicole Scott, Mary Power, Kitty Boone, Jaren Rosen, Ken Thom, Blake Smith, Owen Levin, Doug Blakely, Skye Christensen, Brian Schulz, Laurie Lezin-Schmidt, Kate Schermerhorn, Katie Dilley, Isaac Cantrell, Laya Millman, Amy Boyd, Michele Turner Salero, Sheila Leddy, Emily Verellen, Lyndon Umali, Rachel Adler, Lara Drasin, Aurore Ankarcrona, Marty Weiner,Zak Zaidman, the UCBerkeley graduating class of 2010, and the cast and crew of Zoli’s Brain.
Thank You to Our Twitter and Facebook Communities for helping us find shots, songs, and inspiration late at night.
Organizations Who Have Nurtured and Supported This Project
The Sundance Institute & The Sundance Film Festival, The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts: Artist-in-Residency Program, The Aspen Institute & the We Go To 11 Henry Crown Fellow Class, The San Francisco Film Society: Film House Residency Program, The Center for Ecoliteracy, The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Ninth Street Independent Film Center, Pier 38, Reboot, The Institute for the Future, MIT Geospatial Data Center, University of California, Berkeley
Film Photographers | Tim Porter, Katherine Miller, Nicole Mehta
Hair and Makeup | Persia Matine & Marina Berlin
Additional Animations | Adam Levine, Joel Trussell, Philip Scott Johnson
Additional Graphic Design | Deric Carner and Thomas Duchene; Talenthouse, Melina Manasse & Adam Brioza
Studio Shoot | Beyond Pix Studios, Sean Karlin (cinematographer), Patrick Wong (Audio Tech), Sean Humphries (gaffer), Laura Hart (production coordinator)
Leonard Shlain Shoot | Richard Neill (director of photography), Matt Mayotte (sound mixer)
Music Supervisor | Brooke Wentz, The Rights Workshop
Musical Special Thanks | Jordan Kurland & David Katznelson
“Tightrope” | Written by Charles Del Joseph, Janelle Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin
Performed by Janelle Monae
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records LLC.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
“Something in the Air” | Written by John Keen
Performed by Thunderclap Newman
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
“Happier Than the Morning Sun” | Written & Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
“Mr Blue Sky” | Written & Produced by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Big Trilby Records Inc.
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
Courtesy of Barsuk Records"Transatlanticism"
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music