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An Interview with Tiffany Shlain

By Newton Lee

Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Moxie Institute, founder of the Webby Awards, co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and creator of the Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change short film series. Her films and work have received more than 50 awards and her last four films premiered at Sundance including her feature documentary "Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology," which had a theatrical release last fall. The U.S. State Department recently selected it as one of the films to represent America in the 2012 American Film Showcase.  Shlain's films are a fusion of documentary and narrative and are known for their whimsical yet provocative approach to unraveling complicated subjects like politics, cultural identity, technology and science. You can find Shlain on Twitter @tiffanyshlain

 

Questions:

1. You ran the Webby Awards from 1996 to 2004. What was the most memorable moment for you?

 2. In 2010, you were invited to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to talk about "how technology is changing the landscape in society." What was the experience like?

3. Your 2011 film "Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, & Technology" won many praises including an endorsement from former Vice President Al Gore. What is the central theme of your movie? 

4. One of your latest endeavors is "cloud filmmaking." Can you tell us what it is all about?

5. What is the Moxie Institute?

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