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Paladin Acquires Sundance Doc “Connected”

Paladin Acquires Sundance Doc "Connected"

Paladin has acquired Webby founder Tiffany Shlain’s documentary “Connected,” and will be releasing the film this fall. The film premiered in the Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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New York, NY (June 1, 2011) — Tiffany Shlain’s award-winning documentary CONNECTED will be released this fall by Paladin, it was announced today by company President, Mark Urman. Subtitled “An Autoblogography about Love, Death, & Technology,” the film premiered to great acclaim in the Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Paladin will open CONNECTED in San Francisco in September, and expand to other major markets, including New York and Los Angeles, throughout the fall.

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, curiosity 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. An exhilarating rollercoaster ride, the film proposes that after centuries of declaring independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.

About the film Urman says, “Displaying boundless wit, wisdom, energy, and artistry, CONNECTED is as fresh and exciting as anything I’ve seen in years. I am dazzled by Tiffany and her film, and am honored to connect them to the audience they so richly deserve.”

Shlain adds, “Mark Urman and his team are the perfect partners to help us launch the film nationally, and to help us trigger the larger conversation about ‘what it means to be connected in the 21st century. They are passionate about the film and have fantastic experience distributing documentaries in creative ways.”

Greeted by sold-out screenings and standing ovations and invited to over 30 national and international festivals since its January premiere, CONNECTED received the ‘Women In Film Award’ from National Geographic’s All Roads grant while at Sundance. CONNECTED is a production of The Moxie Institute and Impact Partners. ro*co films, a leading international film distribution company, acquired CONNECTED for international distribution while at Sundance.

About Tiffany Shlain: Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain has won 28 awards and distinctions for her films. Her last four films premiered at Sundance and she was the only filmmaker to have two films there this year (CONNECTED and her short film YELP: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl). She is the founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.. She is on the advisory board of the M.I.T. Geospatial Lab, is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and she delivered the 2010 commencement keynote address at University of California, Berkeley.

About Paladin: Currently on screens for Paladin is Tom Shadyac’s I AM, which is about to enter its fifth month of release in US theaters, and which crossed the million dollar box-office mark three weeks ago. Committed to the innovative distribution of documentary features, Urman and his team, who have been together since he co-founded THINKFilm in 2001, garnered seven “Best Documentary” Oscar nominations for the company in seven years, and won two. Next up for the company is Jill Andresevic’s prize-winning documentary, LOVE ETC, a romantic omnibus that opens in New York on July 1st.

About Connected: Connected was executive produced by Geralyn Dreyfous, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Pamela Tanner Boll and was a co-production of The Moxie Institute & Impact Partners. The CONNECTED script was recently acquired by the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for their permanent Core Collection. You can find out more info and see the trailer at www.connectedthefilm.com

About The Moxie Institute: The Moxie Institute is an organization that creates films, discussion programs, theater experiences, and Internet experiments around social issues using emerging technologies.

About Impact Partners: Since its inception less than four years ago, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 25 films, including: THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; THE GARDEN, which was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; FREEHELD, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film; and THE GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, which won the 2007 Emmy Award for Best Documentary Special.

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