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A film by Tiffany Shlain

Runtime: 80 minutes

Closed Captioning included

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About this film

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century.

From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.



“Examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter…a cinematic clickstream…INCREDIBLY ENGAGING!” -The New York Times

"An intensely personal exploration of what human connection means in our modern technology-obsessed world." - The Atlantic

"...with humor and creativity all her own" - Al Gore

"REMARKABLE and DARING" - Tech Crunch

"Touches the heart...Provokes the mind" - Cine Source Magazine

"Brilliantly questions EVERYTHING" - The Examiner

"Highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Ostensibly a film about technology, but it's really about human beings" - NPR Marketplace


Educator's Edition

Bring the conversation about what it means to be connected in the 21st century into your classrooms and onto your campus. Used in schools and institutions around the world, the Connected Educator’s Edition is great for a wide range of courses and disciplines, as well as a broad range of ages. The package is also available as a gift to your local school. 

Contents of Package:


  • DVD of award-winning film Connected (80 min)

  • Closed Captioning and Spanish Subtitles included

  • Two award-winning short bonus films: A Declaration of Interdependence and Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl

  • Complete curriculum guide

  • The Connected Companion Book: A Guide to the Entire Universe and Everything In It (Condensed Version)

  • Deck of conversation cards with graphics from the film, thought experiments, and questions to dive deeper into the topics raised

  • Free mobile phone app with interactive educational tools

  • An Educator’s Edition license that allows for unlimited classroom use within your institution, as well as unlimited screenings on your campus  (can be used for orientation, faculty training, student group events, etc.).


Connected Distribution Highlights:

  • World Premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

  • Selected by the U.S. State Department to be part of the 2012 American Film Showcase and as the first film to launch the Showcase (screened in Capetown, South Africa & Moscow, Russia)

  • 11 city theatrical tour

  • Over 1000 screenings since launch including 75 film festivals including Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Jerusalem Int’l Film Festival, special screening at Cannes Int’l Film Market, Cleveland Int’l, and many more (complete list here)

  • Used in over 200 educational institutions around the world, on 6 continents.

  • Connected script included in official Motion Picture Academy Library

  • On Paste Magazine’s 2011 list of best documentaries

  • Winner of 15 awards & distinctions including:

    • Selected by the U.S. State Department to play at embassies around the world as part of the US Film Showcase

    • Selected for the Disruptive Innovation Award from The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    • The Interdependence Film Prize from The Berlin International Film Festival and the Interdependence Movement

    • Best Documentary Feature from the Atlanta Int’l Film Festival

    • Best of Festival Documentary from the Portland, ME Film Festival

    • Women in Film Award from the National Geographic All Roads Grant at Sundance


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