Tiffany Shlain speaks about Connected

Tiffany Shlain speaks about Connected, an autoblography about love, death and technology

CINEMA - October 2011

By KC Badala, Joseph Blair, John Chavez, Matt Coopersmith, Alecia Cotton, Simon Crabill, Ellie Fernwood, Annie Fogarty, Miguel Friedman, Morgan Geneste, Chris Grimshaw, Carolyn Hansen, Sabrina Hao, John Hassen, Marcus Narodny, Pierce Freeman, Alina Rainsford, Isabelle Rodriguez, Tyler Sylla, CJ Turner, Ellie Turner and Emmanuella Zacharioufrom Branson, Drake High, Kent Middle, Lycee Francais International, Marin Country Day, Marin School of the Arts, Marin Horizon, Mill Valley Middle, Sinoala Middle, Tam High and White Hill Middle Schools

image of Tiffany Shlain with the Adventure Reporters at her home A gigantic whimsical tree in her front yard was adorned with a wooden swing and a tiny door in the side fit for a mouse. A neatly placed stack of Zen rocks sat in an orderly fashion, reaching for the sky. Stepping into filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant home, we observed a massive painting the size of one wall that looked like Paul Newman. The movie clapperboard with “Tiffany Shlain” was displayed proudly on a bookshelf. Assistants and interns busily ran around organizing the many details we could only imagine that accompany this filmmaker’s life. We caught a glimpse of her new movie, Connected, spelled out in a colorful collage of everyday objects creating a sign of the true meaning of the movie: love, death, and technology.

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The Way - Life is too Big to Walk it Alone

Feature Interview with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez of The Way

CINEMA - October 2011

By Jake Carroll - Senior, Branson School

Image of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez with FastForward reporters Connor McGuigan and Jake Carrol I wish Martin Sheen was my Grandpa. That much was clear from the moment he walked out of the conference room door, in tasteful clothes, immaculate hair, Dumbledore glasses, and a dopey but endearing look on his face. He loafed around the hallway, for a bit before he spied Connor McGuigan (fellow FastForward Reporter extraordinaire) and myself, and his face lit up. We had just been offered a chance to sit down and talk to Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, so normally it was our faces that were doing the lighting up. Sheen, however, seemed genuinely interested, he immediately came over to us, “What’re your names? Are you gonna interview us today?” His excitement towards talking to kids was palpable, perhaps owing to the good relationship with his own son, Emilio Estevez. Estevez sat next to his father for the interview, ready to let Sheen impart all of his worldly wisdom onto us youth, but not afraid to make a joke at his expense, “They might have some questions, dad.” He prodded after a particularly long, yet engaging tangent from Sheen.

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RANGO - Interview with Abigail Breslin & Director Gore Verbenski

Interview with Abigail Breslin and Director Gore Verbenski

CINEMA - February 2011

By Bridget Went and Danielle Slatkin, Marin Academy

“You’re a stranger;" a young mouse creature declared, "strangers don’t last long here." Welcome to the Mojave Desert, where drought has shaped the lives of the creatures within it, where it is impossible to survive without having adapted to the harsh environment. In this mystic wasteland a young lizard (voiced by Johnny Depp) suddenly finds himself lost and confused, far away from his home. With the help of a mysterious young woman named Beans (voiced by Isla Fisher) he finds himself in the only town within 100 miles: Dirt. Filled with transcendental creatures, including a frog, a mouse, and an anteater, who all seem to possess human-like qualities, the people of Dirt cause the lizard to feel bemused, misplaced, and utterly flummoxed. Yet as the young lizard gains some confidence, labels himself as "Rango" and shows off his authority, he gains the respect of the Dirt community and is soon made chief sheriff. He has the opportunity to reinvent himself by convincing new creatures that he is a hero. Through his journey in fighting off an enormous snake and a mayor with a pleasant façade, leading the town to recover from the water shortage, and discovering his own identity, Rango unearths the true significance of what it means to belong in a community. As the spirit of the west tells Rango, "no man can walk out on his own story."

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