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Fall Themester 2013 Film Series

Themester 2013: Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World Film Series



          In conjunction with Indiana University's Themester 2013: Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World, the IUB Libraries' Media & Reserve Services will present eight films (documentary and feature-length) which depict the psychological and sociological impact of online business and personal affairs. Join us in Room 043 (ground floor of the Herman B Wells Library) for a bi-monthly look at these educational and entertaining films for discussion. Light snacks provided.  All films are free and open to the IU and Bloomington community.


          ASK HERE! Interested in watching films with a similar topic?  Then ask our expert staff about how you can check out films in our collection for one week. Take a break, enjoy!  


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90min., Director:  Ondi Timoner

Thursday, September 12.  6:00 - 7:45pm

IUCAT Call Number:   BF637.P74 W399 2010


Reveals the complicated effects the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of artist, futurist, and visionary, Josh Harris. ~ Ondi Timoner, Narrator.





80 min., Director:  Tiffany Shlain

Thursday, September 19.  6:00 - 8:00pm

IUCAT Call Number:  HM851.C667 2013

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening and inspiring film, director Tiffany 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 a thrilling exploration of modern life...and our interconnected future. A personal film with universal relevance, CONNECTED explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.









LOGIN 2 LIFE (2012)

86 min., Director:  Daniel Moshel

Thursday, October 10.  6:00-7:30pm

IUCAT Call Number:  GV1469.17 .S63 L64 2012


Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. While these simulated worlds are often treated with contempt by the general media, LOGIN 2 LIFE takes a more sympathetic approach, profiling seven people deeply immersed in these worlds, and attempting to understand what each gets from their virtual life.



52 min., Director:  Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda

Thursday, October 17.  6:00 - 7:00pm

IUCAT Call Number:   HM851 .A335 2003

Looks at the information technology revolution which has become a daily reality in many African countries where the Internet, mobile telephones and digital video cameras are being used with extraordinary creativity. Visits a marabout who explains he no longer replies by letter to questions but uses his mobile phone and email to transmit his advice. Another illustration of the digital revolution in Africa is the rise of internet cafes and cyber teahouses. In some towns in Senegal and the Congo, increasing numbers are connecting to internet using a laptop computer with a mobile phone.









22 min., Produced by: Boston Science Communications

Thursday, November 7.  6:00-6:30pm

IUCAT Call Number:  HM742 .T443 2011


Think b4 u Post uses a light touch to deliver some very serious information on how people can protect their reputation and guard their privacy online while still having a good time using social networking sites. ~ Josh McBride, Julie Lavery.





55 min., Director:  Geoff D'Eon

Thursday, November 14.  6:00 - 7:00pm

IUCAT Call Number:  HM743.F33 F33 2012

Facebook Follies is a one-hour documentary that takes a look at the unexpected consequences of people sharing their personal information on social media. Viewers meet people who lost their jobs, their marriages, their dignity, or who even ended up in jail - all because of their own or someone else's Facebook posting. To give a broader context to the events, these stories are intercut with reflections from experts in the areas of social change, internet security and contemporary media.  ~ Ann-Marie MacDonald, Narrator. 








55 min., Director:  Poppy Stockell

Thursday, December 5.  6:00-7:00pm

IUCAT Call Number:  HQ75.3 .S43 2007


Single, frustrated and lonely in the middle of Sydney's thriving gay community, director Poppy Stockell decides to 'research' a light-hearted look at the lesbian Internet-dating scene. To her surprise and delight, she forges a deep online connection with an English woman, Sandeep Virdi. When their innocent flirtation turns into true attachment, Poppy sends Sandeep a camcorder and viewers watch as Poppy and Sandeep's virtual relationship blooms into a poignant love -- complicated by the reality that Sandeep is Sikh, lives at home with her conservative family, and has kept her sexuality a secret.  ~ Poppy Stockwell, Sandeep Virdi.






103 min., Director:  Peter Weir

Thursday, December 12.  6:00 - 8:00pm

IUCAT Call Number:  PN1997 .T724 2005

An insurance salesman, Truman Burbank, begins to doubt reality when he realizes that his life is a TV program.  ~   Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich.




Themester 2013: Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World

From neurons to social relationships, tweets to trade agreements, literary structures to food webs, the idea of “connections” has become central to how we understand our world. We link to one another, to the virtual world, and to various environments through networks that exist at all levels of human activity. “Six degrees of separation,” “networking” and “social capital” have become part of our language and our daily lives.  By mapping the connections among multiple types and levels of “actors”, we have begun to understand the neural and protein networks that sustain life, the social bonds that support or dismantle solidarity in communities, and the political ties on which governments rise and fall.  Networks are more than neutral, random or sterile connecting structures. They can facilitate or deny access to a wide array of resources, and provide real intervention points for social, institutional and global change.  Themester 2013 focuses squarely on the role of connectedness as a force in society and in our lives as unique individuals, partners, citizens and members of a global community.  Whether particles, people or policies, human experience is embedded in dynamic streams of networks that shape our very existence. ~



Photos reprinted from the database.

Annotated synopsis reprinted from IUCAT.



last updated: 10/11/2013