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 and her dynamic talks and projects. She delivered the commencement address at UCBerkeley and her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions.
Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her new feature documentary, “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology,” a film The New York Times hailed as “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter." Her previous two films include "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness,” about reproductive rights in America, and “The Tribe,” an exploration of American Jewish identity through the Barbie doll that was the first short documentary to become #1 on iTunes.
Her team at The Moxie Institute is known for its innovative work combining films + new technologies + conversational tools + live events to engage people in new ways. They have also been highlighted for their forays combining working with traditional distributors (Connected had an 11-city theatrical release fall 2011) while exploring new forms of distribution (they will launch a series of distribution offerings in 2012, including a mobile phone app, a worldwide community/educational screening campaign, and experiments with innovative global simulcasts). The Moxie Institute also just began a new short film series called “Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change.” Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, a member of the advisory board of M.I.T.’s Geospatial Lab, and she was among a group of technology leaders selected to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the role of Internet in society.