Tiffany makes short films about relationships between people, technology, feminism, and staying connected. Tiffany’s films include old and new film clips, quotes, photos and videos from wherever she can find them, including the web—making her a pioneer of new film concepts and ideas.

The Tribe, Connected and Brain Power. Her films range from short films to feature-length documentaries, some three minutes with others an hour or more. She’s excited by her new film, The Science of Character.

I like using the power of the web to make social change… All these new ways to make stories, I hope, will remind people all over the world that we’re all connected.

With a sparkle in her eye, she suggested we watch the film. She told us she’s been learning that we can teach and shape character strengths—like optimism, loyalty, self-control, and curiosity. In the film, she says, “So if you can build your character, who do you want to be?” The film shows characteristics that people can change and amplify. The film made us think about what our most valuable strengths are and to ask ourselves if we share them and use them to the fullest? Tiffany and her team are trying to get every school in the country to play it at the same time on Back-To-School Night.

After watching the film, she asked us to critique it using the “love sandwich” method. Tiffany explained that this is an effective way to gain feedback on any project you’ve created. You begin a critique by saying something positive about what you are critiquing, then share any criticism, ending with another positive aspect. We shared our ideas about the film, especiailly liking that her film caused us to think about our positive strengths.

Tiffany always was interested in film and movies, but never anticipated she would become a filmmaker. Growing up, she had come from a long line of doctors, so becoming one had always been an implied landmark in her future. Until a teacher changed her perspective on filmmaking, Tiffany was interested in computers and technology. “I never thought I could be a filmmaker,” Shlain said. “I was told that you couldn’t make a living off of being a filmmaker. But I think that worrying about money is just an attitude. What matters is getting to do what you love.”