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INTERVIEW: Director Tiffany Shlain, "Connected"

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Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is perhaps best known for her movie "Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology," which focuses on technology and interdependence. Her research into these issues have gained her accolades worldwide and she has become a sought after speaker on the subject.  The U.S. State Department selected "Connected" as one of the films to represent America at embassies around the world for their 2012 American Film Showcase. Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Shlain has written content for TED and advised the likes of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the Internet and technology. But her connection with the Internet began much sooner, as she founded the Webby Awards (and also co-founded The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences).

Following the success of "Connected," she decided to more interactively engage with a global audience in her filmmaking through "Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change." She has already made a few films using people from all over the world. She plans on making 16 short 2 to 10-minute films over the next 4 years about important aspects of life. Each  film utilizes volunteered content (videos and artwork from people around the world created around a theme). The finished films are then customized for non-proft corporations around the world.

Her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions including the “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The list of honors is too long to paraphrase here. But her presence in the world continues to grow as she seeks to change the world one new connection at a time.