Tiffany Shlain

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Tiffany Shlain
Tiffany Headshot 2010 300DPI.jpg
Born1970 (age 42–43)
Mill Valley, California
NationalityAmerican
Occupationfilmmaker
Known forfounder of the Webby Awards
Spouse(s)Ken Goldberg
RelativesLeonard Shlain
Website
tiffanyshlain.com
 
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Tiffany Shlain
Tiffany Headshot 2010 300DPI.jpg
Born1970 (age 42–43)
Mill Valley, California
NationalityAmerican
Occupationfilmmaker
Known forfounder of the Webby Awards
Spouse(s)Ken Goldberg
RelativesLeonard Shlain
Website
tiffanyshlain.com

Tiffany Shlain (born 1970) is an American filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards.

Biography[edit]

Tiffany Shlain was born in Mill Valley, California in 1970. She is the daughter of surgeon and author Leonard Shlain (1937–2009). She is married to artist Ken Goldberg who is a UC Berkeley professor; they live in northern California and have two children.[1]

Shlain is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.[2] She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she was selected as a valedictorian speaker for the interdisciplinary Studies Department and received the highest honor in art, the Eisner Award, for filmmaking.[3] She received her BA in film theory and interdisciplinary studies in 1992. She studied organizational change at Harvard Business School Executive Education and film production at New York University’s Sight & Sound summer program in 1990. She serves on the advisory boards for The MIT GeoSpatial Data Center, The Fledging Fund,[citation needed] the San Francisco Film Festival’s Filmmaker Advisory Committee and the UC Berkeley Center for New Media. She also advises with the Institute for the Future.[citation needed] In 2010, she was invited to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to talk about how technology is changing the landscape in society.[4]

As a director for both theater and film, she has worked with Harrison Ford, Peter Coyote and Alan Cumming and was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at the Headland Center for the Arts and for a film residency at the San Francisco Film Society[citation needed]. She has been singled out by The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the Sundance Institute for her work using documentaries and internet distribution to engage audiences.[3] She lectures worldwide on filmmaking, Unplugging (Technology Shabbats[5]), and the Internet’s influence on society. Invitations include Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Apple theaters in New York and San Francisco, The Idea Festival, Fortune 500 companies, the 92nd street in New York and the Sydney Opera House.[3] She delivered the keynote address for University of California, Berkeley’s commencement ceremony in 2010.[6]

Her video art installation, "Smashing", with her husband Goldberg, premiered in New York City at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair. She has received a variety of awards (see below) during the course of her career for her work as a filmmaker, artist, internet pioneer and activist[3] and she was recently honored with a "Disruptive Innovation Award" from the Tribeca Film Festival [7] She has appeared on multiple TV shows including: Good Morning America,[8] Last Call with Carson Daly[9] & PBS' Tavis Smiley Show.[10] Tiffany was recently featured as one of the 16 twitter stars to follow.[11]

Technology[edit]

Shlain founded The Webby Awards in 1996 and was creative director and CEO for nearly a decade.[12] In 1998 she co-founded International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences,[13] today a 550-person organization and served as the on-air Internet expert for Good Morning America from 2000 to 2003. Her work with The Webbys has been profiled on The New York Times, The BBC, ABC, MTV, CNN, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and NPR.[14] She also contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. In 2006, she co-founded The Moxie Institute an organization that creates films, discussion programs, theater experiences and internet experiments around social issues using emerging technologies with her husband, Ken Goldberg.[15][16]

Filmmaking[edit]

Shlain produced her first feature-length film Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, & Technology,[17] which opened at the Sundance Film Festival.[18] Connected discusses personal connectedness in relation to global conditions, arguing that all humanity is invested in today’s crucial issues. The film was chosen by the U.S. State Department to represent America in the American Film Showcase.[19] Critical reception has been mixed. The film received a score of 5.2/10 [20] on IMDB and 38% positive reviews on the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[21]

Shlain's films include Connected (2011), The Tribe (2006), an exploration of American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (2003), about reproductive rights in America, and more (full list below).

Shlain's films have been selected for inclusion at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Rotterdam Film Festival.[15] The Tribe won IndieWire's Sundance Critics' Choice Award for 2006[22] and in October 2007 was the most-downloaded short film on iTunes.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film awards[edit]

Art/Design[edit]

Leadership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tiffany Shlain of Mill Valley"Marin Magazine, November 1, 2010
  2. ^ "2007 We Go To Eleven Class" Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellows, accessed December 5, 2011
  3. ^ a b c d "Distinctions" Tiffanyshlain.com, accessed December 5, 2011
  4. ^ "Clinton dines with top tech executives"The Cable, January 9, 2010
  5. ^ Brown, Janelle. Sunset "The unplugged home". Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mill Valley Resident Inspires Cal Grads"The Mill Valley Herald, June 2, 2010
  7. ^ Editors, The. "Who's Shaking Things Up in 2012? Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards Honorees Announced". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Shlain, Tiffany. "GMA: Tiffany Shlain on Search Engines". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Daly, Carson. "Last Call with Carson Daly". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Smiley, Tavis. "Tavis Smiley Interviews Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Schulte, Erin. "Follow This: 16 Twitter Stars To Add To Your Feed Now". Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Technology Glitz, goofiness mark Webby Awards ceremony" CNN.com, May 12, 2000
  13. ^ About, WebbyAwards.com.
  14. ^ "Press" Tiffanyshlain.com, accessed December 5, 2011
  15. ^ a b Tiffany Shlain Bio, TiffanyShlain.com
  16. ^ Davis, Rebecca. "Shlain on the job: Life before – and after – creating the Webbys". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  17. ^ [1] Connectedthefilm.com
  18. ^ "Tiffany Shlain’s new film "Connected" premieres at Sundance". Woodhull Institute. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts Announce Films for 2012 American Film Showcase". US Department of State. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Connected". IMDB. Retrieved 7 Feb 2013. 
  21. ^ "Connected". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 Feb 2013. 
  22. ^ Awards, TiffanyShlain.com
  23. ^ The Tribe hits #1 on iTunes, JTA, October 26, 2007.
  24. ^ Richman, Josh. Barbie's (Dyed) Jewish Roots, The Forward, December 02, 2005.

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