Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, writer, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology, and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, from delivering the campus-wide keynote commencement address at UC Berkeley to giving kick-off speeches at international conferences, her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions including a “Disruptive Innovation Award” from The Tribeca Film Festival. Her two most recent films have been invited to represent America at embassies worldwide in the US State Department’s American Film Showcase and she has had four films premiere at Sundance, including her 2011 acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “Incredibly engaging” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter.” She is currently working on a film series which is paving the way for a new kind of collaborative filmmaking she and her film studio call “Cloud Filmmaking.” The series, titled Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, will include 10 short films over the next 4 years about important aspects of life that connect us. Each of these films invites participants to collaborate by sending in videos and artwork inspired by the themes of the film. Three films have been released (A Declaration of Interdependence, Engage and Brain Power) and the fourth, The Science of Character will be coming out soon. The third film in the series Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, is also the basis for Tiffany’s first book that the TED conference published, of the same name. After each film is completed they are available for free customization for nonprofits to use for their outreach and nearly 500 versions of the films are being used by nonprofits to date. Tiffany was invited to share the groundbreaking approach of her “Cloud Filmmaking” as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival Interactive Day. She also just launched an original film series for AOL, The Future Starts Here, which was released October 11th and is a runaway hit with over 9 million views in the first month. Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, and member of the advisory board for The Prince of Wales Fellowship at MIT, MIT-IBM Network Science Research Center, The Institute for the Future and she was invited to advise Secretary State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology.
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 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 a producer, writer, editor, and filmmaker. He has been with The Moxie Institute since its inception, as producer/writer/editor on Brain Power: From Synapses to Hyperlinks, producer and co-writer on A Declaration of Interdependence, producer of Engage, and co-writer on the feature film Connected. His work with Tiffany Shlain has been instrumental in pioneering a new type of participatory filmmaking called “Cloud Filmmaking.” Born and raised in New England, Sawyer graduated from Colby College in Maine.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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/