Documentary feature launches tour in South Africa as part of the 

2012 American Film Showcase, a joint program between the U.S. State Department and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts

 Groundbreaking filmmaker and Internet pioneer Tiffany Shlain launched today a Worldwide “Host a Screening” Tour for her award-winning documentary, CONNECTED: AnAutoblogographyAboutLoveDeathandTechnology. The launch is timed to the 2012 American Film Showcase screening of CONNECTED in South Africa on June 10.The Worldwide “Host a Screening” Tour will give organizations around the world the opportunity to host a screening or fundraiser with CONNECTED. Shlain’s Moxie Institute will provide all the ingredients needed to host a successful event, including hands-on discussion materials and an interactive mobile app (free for iPhone and Google Play) that gives hosts and audiences tools to engage more deeply with the topics raised in the film, such as advocacy, interaction, and interdependence. Screenings have already been booked in New York, Chicago, Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Warsaw, Poland and Quito, Ecuador.

“Our goal is to trigger a global conversation about what it means to be connected in the 21st century,” said Director Tiffany Shlain. “We’re all moving so quickly, the CONNECTED screenings on this tour give people the time to have important and meaningful conversations about the good, the bad, and the potential of all this connectedness in our world.”

The 2012 American Film Showcase, a program by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, selected 19 feature documentaries from the last decade to represent America as part of an international cultural diplomacy initiative that brings people together worldwide through film. CONNECTED is the first film of the 2012 Showcase to screen and Shlain is currently in Cape Town for a weekend of screenings, panel discussions, and workshops around the theme of connectivity.

The Showcase builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power diplomacy,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools – in this case film – to bring people together and foster greater understanding. CONNECTED’s message of interdependence fits well into this effort.
“I’m honored to be invited to South Africa for the first screening of the 2012 American Film Showcase and for CONNECTED to play at other embassies around the world,” said Shlain. “Cape Town is the perfect place to launch our worldwide screening tour and continue the global conversation about what it means to be connected in the 21 century.”

Organizations can learn more about hosting a screening or about CONNECTED’s participation in The U.S. State Department’s 2012 American Film Showcase at


Hailed by The New York Times as “incredibly engaging” and “examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter,” CONNECTEDis a funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film that takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. The feature documentary premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, had an 11 city theatrical release in fall 2011, and has won 13 awards, including a 2012 Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival, and the Interdependence Film Prize from the Berlin International Film Festival and The Interdependence Movement. For details on how to host a screening or to find a scheduled screening, please visit


Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology, and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects. She’s delivered the keynote commencement address at UC Berkeley and her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions.

Tiffany’s last four films premiered at Sundance, including her 2011 acclaimed feature documentary,CONNECTED: AnAutoblogographyaboutLove, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter… incredibly engaging.” CONNECTED had an 11 city theatrical US release this past fall and is screening around the world at theaters, educational institutions and special events. She is currently working on a film series that employs her unique way of making films that she calls CLOUD FILMMAKING. The film series, “LetitRipple: MobileFilmsforGlobalChange,” will include twenty 4-minute films about important aspects of life that will then be offered for free with custom endings to organizations around the world to help further their mission. The first film,ADeclarationofInterdependence, with music by Moby, has been translated into 65 languages and has been customized for free for over 100 organizations. The next two films in the series areBrainPower, which explores the best way to nurture young children’s brains as well as the global brain we are creating via the Internet, and Engage, about the importance of engaging in society. They will both be released fall 2012.

She just published a Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto at The Tribeca Film Festival where she received a 2012 Disruptive Innovation Award.

Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, a member of the advisory board of M.I.T.’s Geospatial Lab and The Institute for the Future.

twitter: @tiffanyshlain

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