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|Born||1970 (age 42–43)
Mill Valley, California
|Known for||founder of the Webby Awards|
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.
Shlain is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. 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. 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, 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. In 2010, she was invited to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to talk about how technology is changing the landscape in society.
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. 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. She lectures worldwide on filmmaking, Unplugging (Technology Shabbats), 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. She delivered the keynote address for University of California, Berkeley’s commencement ceremony in 2010.
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 and she was recently honored with a "Disruptive Innovation Award" from the Tribeca Film Festival  She has appeared on multiple TV shows including: Good Morning America, Last Call with Carson Daly & PBS' Tavis Smiley Show. Tiffany was recently featured as one of the 16 twitter stars to follow.
Shlain founded The Webby Awards in 1996 and was creative director and CEO for nearly a decade. In 1998 she co-founded International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, 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. 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.
Shlain produced her first feature-length film Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, & Technology, which opened at the Sundance Film Festival. 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. Critical reception has been mixed. The film received a score of 5.2/10  on IMDB and 38% positive reviews on the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
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. The Tribe won IndieWire's Sundance Critics' Choice Award for 2006 and in October 2007 was the most-downloaded short film on iTunes.
- The Science of Character (Currently in production – part of the "Let it Ripple" series)
- Engage (2012 - part of the "Let it Ripple" series)
- "Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks" Film and TED Book (2012 - part of the "Let it Ripple" series)
- "A Declaration of Interdependence" (2011 - part of the "Let it Ripple" series)
- Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, & Technology (2011)
- "Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'" (2011)
- The Tribe (2006)
- Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness (2003)
- Less Is Moore: The Life of Betty and Gordon Moore (2001)
- Natural Connection (2001)
- Machine Time (2000)
- "Zoli’s Brain" (1994-unfinished)
- "Hunter & Pandora" (1992)
- "Closet of Dr. of Caligari" (1992)
- "Reel Inspiration" (1992)
- Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology (2011)
- Sundance Film Festival in 2011
- 2012: Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival
- 2012: “Award of Excellence” from the Accolade Competition
- 2012: Selected by the United States Department of State & University of Southern California for the 2012 American Filmmaker Showcase
- 2012: Winner Best Documentary Feature from the Atlanta Int’l Documentary Film Festival
- 2012: 4 Awards from The Los Angeles Movie Awards
- 2011: “Interdependence Film Prize“ from The Berlin Film Festival & The Interdependence Movement
- 2011: Women in Film Awards from All Roads Grant - National Geographic Society
- 2011: Women of Vision Nomination from L'Oréal / Entertainment Weekly / Sundance Film Festival
- 2011: “Best Documentary Audience Award” The Maui Film Festival
- 2011: “Best of the Fest Documentary Award“ The Portland Maine Film Festival
- 2011: “Metta Media Award“ The Dallas Video Fest
- 2011: “Honorable Mention“ The Jerusalem Film Festival
- Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Maui Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Portland Maine Film Festival
- The Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences acquired the script for Connected for their permanent collection
- Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's Howl (2010)
- The Tribe (2006)
- Ovation Award: Best Documentary, LACMA screening in LA, June 2010
- Best Documentary, Westchester Film Festival, May, 2008
- Best Short Documentary, Cleveland Int’l Film Festival March 2008
- Number 1 Downloaded Short Film on iTunes Oct 26th, 2007
- International Jewish Topics, Argentina Jewish Film Festival Oct. 07
- Best Documentary: New York Shorts Fest Oct 07
- Best Documentary, LA ShortsFest Sept 07
- First Prize, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival April 7
- Pioneer Award, Warsaw Film Festival May 7
- Grand Jury Prize: Best Short Documentary, Florida Film Festival, April 7
- Golden Star Award, Best Short Documentary, Mar. ‘07
- Best Documentary Short, Nashville Film Festival ’06
- Best Historical Documentary, San Francisco Women's Film Festival ’06
- Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival ’06
- Audience Award, Ann Arbor International Film Festival ’06
- Indiewire's Sundance Critics' Choice Award ’06
- Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness (2003)
- Best Documentary Short, Moab Film Festival ‘03
- Juror's Citation, Black Maria Film Festival ‘03
- Finalist, USA Film Festival, National Short Film & Video Competition ‘03
- Affiliate Award, Excellence Award from Planned Parenthood Federation ‘03
- Nominee for San Francisco International Film Festival, Golden Gate Award, Official Selection ‘03
- Honorable Mention, Best Women's Short Category, Cleveland Int’l Film Festival ’03
- Hunter & Pandora (1992)
- Best Experimental Film, Cinequest Film Festival 1992
- Eisner Award, Highest Award in Art by the Chancellor’s Committee, UC Berkeley 1992
- Artist-in-Residence, Headland Center for the Arts Fall ’06
- HOW International Design Award for Webby Awards Invitation ’01
- American Graphic Design Award for Webby Awards Invitation ’99
- Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival 2012
- Women in Film Award for making Connected, All Roads Award National Geographic 2011
- Women of Vision Award for Directing by L’Oreal/Entertainment Weekly/Sundance 2011
- Keynote Commencement Address, UC Berkeley, May 2010
- Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute 2007 to 2009
- For Creating Socially Responsible Films by Partners Ending Domestic Abuse 2009
- Victoria Award for Ethical Leadership, The Woodhull Institute, NY ’06
- Activist Award on behalf of Women’s Rights, Ritz Carleton, Given by Planned Parenthood GG ‘04
- one of Newsweek Magazine’s "Women Shaping the 21st Century" ‘01 
- Shining Star Award recipient, American Women in Radio and Television ‘00
- Valedictorian Speaker, Interdisciplinary Department. UC Berkeley 1992
- Student Ambassador to USSR in the People to People program: 1988
- "Tiffany Shlain of Mill Valley"Marin Magazine, November 1, 2010
- "2007 We Go To Eleven Class" Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellows, accessed December 5, 2011
- "Distinctions" Tiffanyshlain.com, accessed December 5, 2011
- "Clinton dines with top tech executives"The Cable, January 9, 2010
- Brown, Janelle. Sunset "The unplugged home". Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Mill Valley Resident Inspires Cal Grads"The Mill Valley Herald, June 2, 2010
- Editors, The. "Who's Shaking Things Up in 2012? Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards Honorees Announced". Retrieved 28 June 2012.
- Shlain, Tiffany. "GMA: Tiffany Shlain on Search Engines". Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Daly, Carson. "Last Call with Carson Daly". Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Smiley, Tavis. "Tavis Smiley Interviews Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain". Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Schulte, Erin. "Follow This: 16 Twitter Stars To Add To Your Feed Now". Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Technology Glitz, goofiness mark Webby Awards ceremony" CNN.com, May 12, 2000
- About, WebbyAwards.com.
- "Press" Tiffanyshlain.com, accessed December 5, 2011
- Tiffany Shlain Bio, TiffanyShlain.com
- Davis, Rebecca. "Shlain on the job: Life before – and after – creating the Webbys". Retrieved 28 June 2012.
-  Connectedthefilm.com
- "Tiffany Shlain’s new film "Connected" premieres at Sundance". Woodhull Institute. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- "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.
- "Connected". IMDB. Retrieved 7 Feb 2013.
- "Connected". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 Feb 2013.
- Awards, TiffanyShlain.com
- The Tribe hits #1 on iTunes, JTA, October 26, 2007.
- Richman, Josh. Barbie's (Dyed) Jewish Roots, The Forward, December 02, 2005.
- Official website
- Tiffany Shlain at the Internet Movie Database
- Reimagine - TEDxWomen
- What Does it Mean to be Connected in the 21st Century? - TEDxMarin
- What Does it Mean to be Connected in the 21st Century? - TEDxSoMa
- Mixed Media: Tiffany Shlain on filmmaking, networking and the Webbys - San Francisco Chronicle
- Online discussion with Tiffany Shlain - Washington Post
- Chat Transcript: Internet Expert Tiffany Shlain - ABC News