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(2002) Tiffany Shlain (13:42)

• Commentary 1 & 2 – Director Tiffany Shlain

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Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

This 14-minute film playfully explores the absurdities and ironies of the reproductive rights issue in the United States. Blending found with new footage and spoofing the educational film genre, the film highlights the critical threat to choice to a new generation and galvanizes those who have benefited from nearly 30 years of freedom.

Playfully updating the 1950's school documentary, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" offers up political and social satire regarding the current state of reproductive rights in a fast-paced spoonful. Found-footage, animation and original images are interwoven into a collage containing the fictional stories of a conservative politician, a young couple, and a fundamentalist activist (portrayed by Survival Research Laboratories founder Mark Pauline) along with the decline in amphibian populations and the insidious creeping erosion of reproductive rights in the United States. All linked together through a Chinese dry cleaner.

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" was an official selection for the 2003 Sundance Film Festival , the 32nd International Film Festival Rotterdam and many more.

Director and co-writer, Tiffany Shlain , honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” is an award winning filmmaker and founder and creative director of The Webby Awards. For this film she has partnered with her long time collaborator, co-writer Maya Draisin , co-writer and Emmy Award winning producer Xandra Castleton , award winning designer Gil Gershoni , editor Jennifer Steinman , and music composer Mark De Gli Antoni (Soul Coughing) in this sharp, funny, intense and entertaining film.

Director's Statement

Director and co-writer Tiffany Shlain is an award winning filmmaker and founder and creative director of The Webby Awards . Honored as one of Newsweek's “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” she has directed many unique productions in both film and theater. Her recent projects include the film “Less is Moore,” based on Intel Founder Gordon Moore and narrated by Harrison Ford, the critically acclaimed production of The Webby Awards starring Alan Cumming at the San Francisco Opera House, and the experimental film, “Natural Connection,” about the evolution of our relationship to technology. Tiffany received her BA in film theory from UC Berkeley in 1992 where she received the Eisner Award, the highest award in art for her filmmaking and was selected as Valedictorian speaker. She studied filmmaking at NYU in 1991. "Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness" is her tenth film. Tiffany has been invited to lecture and screen her work at institutions worldwide, including The Sundance Film Festival, American Film Institute Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, The Sydney Opera House, MIT, The Headland Center for the Arts, Stanford, and Doors of Perception conference in Amsterdam. She has received awards for her filmmaking, creative direction, and leadership in the technology and entertainment industries. She just received a grant to write her next film, "The Tribe."

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