Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.”
She has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “high-tech Terry Gilliam,” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter.” The US State Department has also selected four of Shlain’s films including Connected to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase. Her AOL Original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy Award in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films employ 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 in our increasingly connected world.
Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has been featured at Google, Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She has contributed articles for Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine and was listed by Indiewire & FastCompany for her writing on twitter. TED Conferences published her first book, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and she has been writing a quarterly newsletter about ideas and culture since 1998 called Breakfast @ Tiffany’s. She runs film studio + lab in San Francisco called Let Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change that makes free films for schools and creates global events to catalyze conversations around important topics. Their global initiative Character Day which features films on character development (including The Science of Character, The Making of a Mensch & The Adaptable Mind) is set for Sept 22nd 2016 with over 26,000 screening events planned around the world. Her films have been translated into multiple languages and had over 50 million views. Tiffany and her team have receive grants from from organizations including The John Templeton Foundation and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Person’s Foundation.
This fall in addition to Character Day, she has a new film coming out on the past, present and future of women and power called 50/50 premiering on Refinery29 that and an art installation opening at the National Museum of American Jewish history.
She lives in Northern California with her husband and collaborator Ken Goldberg (an artist & professor of robotics at UC Berkeley) and their two children. Her films and work often wrestle with the good, the bad and the potential of technology. She and her family are on their 7th year unplugging each week for 24 hours as part of their “technology shabbats,” which she has written about, given talks about and explores in many of her films.
Tiffany has just begun production directing on a short film on women and power that will be released by Refinery29 in the fall.