Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011)

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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 her 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...
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PG
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

Peter Coyote
as Narrator
Dale Andrade
as Dale Andrade
Zbigniew Brzezinski
as Zbigniew Brzezinski
Corrado Cantatore
as Corrado Cantatore
Carl Colby
as Carl Colby
Daren Flitcroft
as Daren Flitcroft
Donald Gregg
as Donald Gregg
Seymour Hersh
as Seymour Hersh
Fisher Howe
as Fisher Howe
Thomas Hughes
as Thomas Hughes
Oleg Kalugin
as Oleg Kalugin
Bob Kerrey
as Bob Kerrey
John Langan
as John Langan
James Lilley
as James Lilley
Edward N. Luttwak
as Edward N. Luttwak
Thomas McCoy
as Thomas McCoy
Robert McFarlane
as Robert McFarlane
Elizabeth McIntosh
as Elizabeth McIntosh
H.R. McMaster
as H.R. McMaster
Prof. Hugh Montgomery
as Prof. Hugh Montgomery
John Nagl
as John Nagl
Rufus Phillips
as Rufus Phillips
Walter Pincus
as Walter Pincus
Donald Rumsfeld
as Donald Rumsfeld
Daniel Schorr
as Daniel Schorr
Gen. Brent Scowcroft
as Gen. Brent Scowcroft
Laurence Silberman
as Laurence Silberman
Joseph W. Smith
as Joseph W. Smith
Evan Thomas
as Evan Thomas
Hugh Tovar
as Hugh Tovar
Judge William Webster
as Judge William Webster
Tim Weiner
as Tim Weiner
Bob Woodward
as Bob Woodward
Steve Young
as Steve Young
Tiffany Shlain
as Tiffany Shlain
Jonathan Jordan Clarke
as Jonathan Jordan Clarke
Barbara Colby
as Barbara Colby
James Schlesinger
as James Schlesinger
John Singlaub
as John Singlaub
Dr. Leonard Shlain
as Dr. Leonard Shlain
Harold Lloyd
as Harold Lloyd
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Critic Reviews for Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

This pro-Internet "declaration of interdependence" has all the narrative focus of a Twitter feed.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

There are a lot of vibes in this film, most of them vaguely positive. If only "Connected" had a stronger center of gravity.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

She never figures out what, exactly, the deal is regarding our short attention spans, but her ADD-afflicted film definitely provides evidence that they exist.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Shlain struggles to find the thread that connects her father, her upbringing and her own playful curiosity to the complexities of life in the age of texting, tweeting and apps for just about everything.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology

Connected is essential viewing for anyone who participates in, thinks about, and perhaps has some concerns about how we as humans connect with each other in this digital age. Tiffany Shlain is probably one of our most important filmmakers today - pushing the bounderies of communication and all of its implications. This film is not only a consideration of how we relate to each other as human beings in the digital age - but as importantly - how those connections - and the way that we connect affect us both positively and at times negatively. How are we transforming as a human race with our digital appendages? How can we retain what is human about us? How wonderful it is that we can connect with people across the planet in ways never dreamed of - but also what is the price of that digital connection. As a parent - this is a must - and a must to watch with your children - and gift and share with your friends and family. It should be required viewing in middle school - and should be required viewing for you.

Jon Reiss
Jon Reiss

Every once in awhile you see a film that, long after the credits have rolled, leaves a smile on your face every time you think of it. Connected is that film. Equal parts funny, insightful, and inspiring, the film traces the contours of what it means to be human in an age where texting, twitter, and time with those we value most all vie for our attention. Who or what wins? With more laughs than I expected and a couple more tears than I would care to admit, the film encourages you to find your own answers. Bravo!

Chester Saddlemeyer
Chester Saddlemeyer

Just as the NY Times review says, "Examining everything from the Big Bang to twitter...incredibly engaging!" I couldn't sum it up better! I saw this at a film festival and it's a must-see emotionally-charged documentary giving pause for thought on so many profound topics long after you see it. I highly recommend the film & that you watch with others so you can have an engaging post-screening discussion about what it means to be connected as humans, to our environment, to technology and most importantly to the people we care about most! I saw in my FB news feed from the Connectedfilm FB page that the film is coming out on iTunes on Feb 5. So I went to iTunes and it now allows you to pre-order it which is great. Can't wait to see it again!

S Nelson
S Nelson

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