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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, Shlain s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life...and our interconnected future. 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.




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  • Two Bonus Short Films: A Declaration of Interdependence; Yelp:Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's Howl; Spanish Subtitles


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  • Actors: Tiffany Shlain
  • Directors: Tiffany Shlain
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AALVHQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mattie on October 15, 2013
Format: DVD
This film never seems to find a direction, barely touching on interesting topics such as honey bees and corn syrup, cellular phones and cancer, as well as pollution. Even the director's own mess of a diagram makes no sense, so she relies on her father to connect "the dots." Speaking of which, 50% of this film is an exploitation of a dying man, which should be meant for a family video, not a mainstream documentary. Don't get me wrong, it's an understandable reaction to upcoming loss and grief, but it's the kind of footage that most would put into a vault after mourning because it ends feeling macabre.

Now this film builds a premises of the Left Brain analyzes logically, and that the Right Brain focuses on Art, Emotional Connections, and finding patterns. Pattern Finding is not associated with the right brain any more than the left, which is why there are both intuitive-thinkers (NT's) and intuitive-feelers (NF's). Intuitives focus on past and future, finding patterns from theory on down, where sensors are solidly in the present, aware of all five senses, and form opinions form the ground up. It's clear that the director is a sensing-feeler, even advising to stay present and giving in to instant gratification.

What is not covered in this film is techno-stress, and the increasing desocialization of our youth. Where once students would talk and pass notes in class, now they text and tweet, relying on technology instead of genuine interpersonal relationships. The director encourages this trend as a good thing, because of dopamine released. You get the same release pulling the lever on a slot machine, so does that mean diving into casinos is healthy, and creating a better world?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Hall on August 25, 2013
Format: DVD
Tiffany Shlain talks about herself a lot to be so connected to everything. Starting with a quote about interconnectedness by John Muir and sprinkling in far too little of the theories of her father Leonard Shlain she throws in vague connections from cellphones to radiation to her pregnancy without much thought. I suggest reading her fathers books. He was a doctor with very interesting ideas. She invented the Webby Awards which picks best cat memes. Tasked with such a big topic as "Everything is connected" she falls short of interesting let alone an overview. Also try James Burke's BBC documentary series Connections 1,2 & 3 which must have inspired her fathers work and is far superior to this documentary.
Connections 1 James Burke
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Jackson on February 2, 2013
Format: DVD
Human responsibility is complex; priorities are often contradictory. In the Twentieth Century, postmodern writers and artists transformed mediums to allow for paradox, but it was not until the twenty-first-century film Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, & Technology that audiences could collectively experience the visual, textual, and emotional beauty of holding complex inconsistencies while moving toward personal growth and global connection. Director Tiffany Shlain exposes the journey by which the global film she set out to make began to kick, cry, and nurse itself into being something more authentic-- more connected--than any one viewer can articulate. Perhaps there's irony in merely writing a review of a film whose visually articulated thesis proposes the new century's possibilities are unleashed by the exponential increase in access to images. Shlain's hypothesis that a technologically interconnected world exercises each individual's image centers can be evidenced now--from the drifts of snow over which Shlain's father first released her from his view to the digitally mastered web of connections that refuse to release the globe from its collective potential, the images in Connected transform viewers into visionaries who don't have to eliminate the contradictions of their connectedness.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Goldstein on February 2, 2013
Format: DVD
Connected is a film that makes you think. It ponders the largest questions in the universe and the most intimate questions of the heart. Tiffany Shlain simultaneously explores her lifelong relationship with her Dad who was her best friend, confidant , cheerleader, mentor and role model as he fights his battle with brain cancer and death and her most curious questions about the role of the internet in society today and in the future. She makes us think about the relationships between intimacy and connection, love and fear, utopia and the destiny of mankind. Big stuff, hard topics and tender moments. This documentary christened the 21st Century with a foreshadowing of what's next, what happened and why are we here. Loved it.
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Should have read the reviews. More than half of this film is centered on her father's last moments. Endearing, but I felt like I was watching a stranger's old home videos (I was) rather than a documentary covering a vast array of issues and drawing connections between seemingly disconnected things. Unfortunately it was a net waste of time an money. My heart goes out to her and her family, but I cannot recommend this video.
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Format: DVD
I tried to follow her train of thought but failed. And while I do believe in an interconnected world I think her film effort to make the case was confusing, self-absorbed, self-congratulatory, and to some degree maudlin. What was not lost in the film was her love for her father. Perhaps it would have been better to have skipped the interconnected part and simply titled the work My father and Me.
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