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"Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death and Technology"U.S. Documentary competition*** 1/2The personal becomes the universal in director Tiffany Shlain's fast-moving and thoughtful "autoblogography" that argues that technology is on the brink of bringing together the whole world. Shlain links her personal story — how in 2008 and 2009 she dealt with a dangerous pregnancy and the diagnosis of brain cancer in her father, surgeon and scientific theorist Leonard Shlain — to her (and her father's) historical view of how past technologies, from the alphabet to Guttenberg to the Industrial Revolution, have rewired humans' brains. It's heady stuff, and Ms. Shlain employs a whimsical barrage of found footage and lively animation to make the point. The end product is brain food beautifully disguised as eye candy.

"Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death and Technology," screens again at: Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, Park City; Monday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City; Wednesday, Jan. 26, at noon at the Temple Theatre; and Saturday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City.

- Sean P. Means

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