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Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” is a 3-min film from the creators of Connected lampooning the addictions of our generation.


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National Day of Unplugging: 

Read article “Tech’s Best Feature: The Off Switch” in Harvard Business Review by @tiffanyshlain

Learn more about what people are doing for The National Day of Unplugging.


“It’s rather brilliant.” -The Washington Post

“A tongue-in-cheek manifesto for the technology-addicted generation.” -NPR Sci-Fri

“Very cool film.” -The New York Times

“We’ve chosen our top films.” -The Huffington Post

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 3.34.37 PM March 2, 2013 The Houston Press- Mention of “Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl”

“This year the festival gives Houstonians the chance to see Tiffany Shlain’s Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”. Clocking in at just over five minutes, the Peter Coyote-narrated short is a raging, ranting essay on the apathy that comes from being part of a society always plugged into an ever-widening net of online connectivity. The result plays like a good Bill Hicks end piece, but with the urgency and scope of a Great Dictator.”

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 3.40.08 PM March 2, 2013 CBS News- Clips of “Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl” shown during a broadcast about The National Day of Unplugging

“The National Day of Unplugging encourages technophiles to turn off their gadgets for 24 hours. However, many find separation from their electronic devices to be easier said than done.”

Awards and Distinctions:

Premiere at 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Guggenheim Museum/Youtube Video Biennial Short List

Award of Excellence | Best Shorts Competition

Best Performance for Peter Coyote | Maverick Movie Awards

Jurors Citation Selection | The Black Maria Film Festival

Nominated for Ovation TV Short Film Contest

Airing on Outside TV starting November 2011 in Telluride, CO

Read more about the film here.