The Moxie Institute is a cutting edge film studio for the 21st century. Led by Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards and winner of a Tribeca Film Festival’s “2012 Disruptive Innovation Award,” the team’s last four films have premiered at Sundance, have won over 45 awards, and have been singled out by the NYTimes for “Examining everything from the big bang to twitter.” Two of their films have been selected by The U.S. State Department to screen at embassies around the world as part of the American Film Showcase. Connected was selected in 2012, and the Let it Ripple short film, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks was chosen in 2013.
The team’s latest project is a series for the AOL On Network called, The Future Starts Here. This series explores what it means to be human as we rush head first through the 21st century. All 8 episodes premiered online on October 11, 2013 and is one of AOL’s top shows nearing 20 million views since its launch.
The team is also working on a short film series called Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. These films employ a new type of filmmaking they pioneered called “Cloud Filmmaking,” which experiments with making films collaboratively with people all over the world, and then providing free customized versions of those films to nonprofit organizations. Find out more by reading The Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto. The films in the series include: A Declaration of Interdependence (2011), Engage (2012), and Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks (2012) with its accompanying TED Book. Soon to be released is the fourth film in the series The Science of Character is about why character matters and is based on new research that suggests we can develop character strengths in ourselves and in others.
Their past projects include: award-winning feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology which explores interdependence and what it means to be connected in the 21st century, Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, about the importance of unplugging occasionally from technology, The Tribe which looks at American Jewish Identity 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, and Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness, about reproductive rights in America and was re-released in 2012.
The Moxie Institute was founded by Tiffany Shlain and UC Berkeley robotics professor and artist Ken Goldberg, who have over 20 years 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. Professor Goldberg is also the director for UCBerkeley’s Center for Data and Democracy.
Along with its many film projects, The Moxie Institute also hosts conferences and symposiums about new forms of filmmaking and distribution. The last two events they co-hosted included one at Columbia University in NYC and one at UCBerkeley in the Bay Area.