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"Connected" Film: Theme Speakers Series

January 31, 2012

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your e-mail? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all?

The film, "Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology," will be show Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus and Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Macomb campus as part of the 2011-12 Theme Speakers Series. The 2011-12 Universitywide theme is "Science and Technology: Discover, Innovate, Create."

The film, which is equal parts documentary and memoir, unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director Tiffany Shlain. "Connected," which is 80 minutes in length, will be shown at 6 p.m. in Room 111 at the Riverfront campus, and at 7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom on the Macomb campus. The event is open free to the public.

In "Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology," Shlain takes audiences on "an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century." From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Shlain's love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for an exploration of modern life and our interconnected future. As Shlain's father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a mix of animation, archival footage and home movies, Shlain reveals the ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large.

For more information, contact University Theme Committee co-chairs Colin Harbke at 298-1206 or Michelle Janiscz at 298-3232.

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