Tiffany Shlain1 January 1970

The Future of Our Species

Films

10 Films to Choose From

50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power (20 mins)

50/50 gives the 10,000 year history of women + power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today. Using her signature, cinematic-thought-essay style, Emmy-nominated filmmaker & founder of The Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain brings us on an electric ride to explore, where are we really on the greater arc of history of women and power? And what’s it going to take to get to a #5050 world — not just politics and board rooms, but truly shifting the gender balance to be better for everyone.

The Adaptable Mind (11min)

The Adaptable Mind (11 mins) explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century. The film begins with a question to the world through social media: what’s a great example of a 21st century mind in action? Of the hundreds of inspiring stories that flooded in, one stood out: Los Angeles-based professor and artist, Mary Beth Heffernan, was listening to coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and how isolating and traumatic it must be for patients to interact only with hazmat suits for weeks on end. She thought, “what if they put pictures of their faces on the front of the suits?” Thousands of letters, grants, and hurdles later, Mary Beth’s story reveals that, while there is a lot of fear that technology is displacing our jobs, the skills we need most in the 21st Century — curiosity, creativity, taking initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy — happen to be skills that machines don’t have; only humans have.

The Science of Character (8min)

The Science of Character (8 mins) explores the neuroscience and social science that proves that we can shape who we are, and who we want to be in the world.

Brain Power (11min)

Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book (info below) from award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her team at the Let it Ripple Cloud Filmmaking Studio. Based on new research on how to best nurture children’s brains from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and University of Washington’s I-LABS, the film explores the parallels between a child’s brain development and the development of the global brain of Internet, offering insights into the best ways to shape both. Made through a new crowd-sourcing creativity process the Moxie team calls “Cloud Filmmaking,” Brain Power was created by putting into action the very ideas that the film is exploring: the connections between neurons, networks, and people around the world. The film premiered at the California Academy of Sciences on November 8, 2012.

Connected (broth trailer and whole film) (80mins)

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.

Technology Shabbats (5mins)

One of the things people always want to know more about in Q&A’s for my films is the fact that my family and I completely unplug from all technology one day a week, something we call our “Technology Shabbats.” Every Friday night, we all unplug from all of our technologies and don’t turn them on again until Saturday evening. Unplugging for a day makes time slow down and makes me feel more present with my family. I not only appreciate this quality time with them, but it has also made me appreciate technology in a whole new way. By Saturday night we can’t wait to plug back in.

The idea of taking one day a week off from responsibilities and work is a very, very, very old idea.  I think today with all potential of the internet we also need to know when to “not” be online. We’ve explored this idea in many of our films including, Brain Power and Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, which is a re-writing of Allen Ginsberg’s classic poem Howl about our addiction to technology and the importance of unplugging.

I explore this idea further in both Season 1 and Season 2 of our Emmy-nominated AOL original series, The Future Starts Here...

Why We Love Robots (5mins)

Nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture, groundbreaking filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain returns for a new season of her AOL Originals hit show which has received over 40 million views to take audiences on a wildly entertaining and inspiring ride exploring what it means to be human in our increasingly connected world.

From the latest neuroscience on daydreaming to the evolution of social media, to new perspectives on creativity, diplomacy, gender, and the future of our species, Shlain uses her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we're headed.

A Case For Dreaming (6mins)

Nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture, groundbreaking filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain returns for a new season of her AOL Originals hit show which has received over 40 million views to take audiences on a wildly entertaining and inspiring ride exploring what it means to be human in our increasingly connected world.

From the latest neuroscience on daydreaming to the evolution of social media, to new perspectives on creativity, diplomacy, gender, and the future of our species, Shlain uses her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we're headed.

Robots, Botox, and Google Glass (5mins)

Nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture, groundbreaking filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain returns for a new season of her AOL Originals hit show which has received over 40 million views to take audiences on a wildly entertaining and inspiring ride exploring what it means to be human in our increasingly connected world.

From the latest neuroscience on daydreaming to the evolution of social media, to new perspectives on creativity, diplomacy, gender, and the future of our species, Shlain uses her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we're headed.

The Future of Our Species (5mins)

Nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture, groundbreaking filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain returns for a new season of her AOL Originals hit show which has received over 40 million views to take audiences on a wildly entertaining and inspiring ride exploring what it means to be human in our increasingly connected world.

From the latest neuroscience on daydreaming to the evolution of social media, to new perspectives on creativity, diplomacy, gender, and the future of our species, Shlain uses her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we're headed.

Tiffany Shlain

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