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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