Join the Lowell Film Collaborative as we kick off our exciting 2013 6-month film series in partnership with Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust! See our first film of the series, the acclaimed, award-winning 2011 documentary Connected, and take a microscopic look at how all of us in the techno-age of the 21st century are relating to and embracing each other, AND the world around us. Is there such a thing as being TOO connected? Join us for our post-film discussion where we’ll continue to explore what filmmaker Tiffany Shlain encourages us to embrace: our “declaration of interdependence”!
Venue: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street
Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death and Technology (2011)
Rated PG | 82 mins
Director: Tiffany Shlain
Writers: Carlton Evans, Ken Goldberg, Tiffany Shlain, Sawyer Steele
Selected by the State Department to be part of the 2012 American Film Showcase and as the first film to launch the Showcase! > View more press and praise for Connected
Synopsis: With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time—the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy—while searching for Shlain’s place in the world during a transformative time in her life. Employing a splendidly imaginative combination of animation and archival footage, plus several surprises, Shlain constructs a chronological tour of Western modernization through the work of her late father, Leonard Shlain, a surgeon and best-selling author of “Art and Physics” and “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess.” With humor and irony, the Shlain family life merges with philosophy to create both a personal portrait and a proposal for ways we can move forward as a civilization. Connected illuminates the beauty and tragedy of human endeavor while boldly championing the importance of personal connectedness for understanding and coping with today’s global conditions.
This film program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a stage agency.