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Bromfield to host official Sundance film-fest selection, co-written by harvard native

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HARVARD — The Bromfield School is pleased to announce a community screening of Connected, the award-winning documentary that takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century: “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?”

This local screening is made possible by a grant from the Harvard Schools Trust.

The film, co-written by Harvard resident, Sawyer Steele, will be featured in Blu-ray at the Bromfield School’s Cronin Auditorium on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. It is FREE and open to the public. Mr. Steele will be present at the screening, and directly following the film he will participate in a questions and answers session to explore our “love/hate relationship with technology” that translates into an exploration of modern life and the implications it may have for our interconnected future. Connected received 8 film industry awards including an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

“Connected really explores what it means to be connected in the 21st century — finding a balance between our most fundamental connections (family, community), and the infinite ‘connections’ that pull us in so many directions day in and day out,” said Sawyer Steele, Co-Writer, Production Manager and Associate Editor for the film, Connected. “So returning to my hometown of Harvard for a screening and discussion is, well, exactly what this film is all about. I’m really looking forward to it.”EDITOR

“We are excited about bringing Connected to the Bromfield School for what we believe will be a philosophical look at how we not only use technology both individually and as a society, but how it affects our daily lives, school, work, health, and relationships overall,” said Jim O’Shea, Principal, the Bromfield School. “We congratulate one of our Bromfield graduates, Sawyer Steele, for his critical part in the ongoing success of this remarkable film.”

Save the Date – Connected the film

Date: Thursday, Feb. 9

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Connected Community Screening

Q&A: 8:30 to 9 p.m. Featuring “Harvard to Hollywood” Film writer, Sawyer Steele

Place: Cronin Auditorium, The Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard, MA 01451

How: Register online for this event at: http://www.harvardschoolstrust.org/Events/Connected.aspx

Ages: The film is appropriate for high school age and adult. Middle school age children must be accompanied by an adult. Connected MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material including images of nudity, drug use, war and smoking.

About the Film

Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. 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. 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. http://connectedthefilm.com/; http://www.facebook.com/connectedthefilm

About the Writer, Sawyer Steele

Sawyer Steele is a writer and filmmaker. He has been with The Moxie Institute, a production company based in San Francisco, since its inception in 2005. During production of Connected, Sawyer was a co-writer, associate editor, and production manager. He is now distribution manager for both Connected and The Moxie Institute. He recently produced and co-wrote a crowdsourced film called A Declaration of Interdependence. He is also working on a film called Transboom. Born and raised in New England, Sawyer graduated from Colby College in Maine.

About The Harvard Schools Trust

The Harvard Schools Trust is a nonprofit, exclusively educational and charitable organization that raises funds to enrich the curriculum and activities of the 1,260 students attending Harvard Public Schools. The Trust is an all-volunteer organization comprised of parents and community leaders who share a common goal in maintaining educational excellence. Through its grants program, the Trust provides Hildreth Elementary School and the Bromfield School with supplemental curriculum support, equipment, extra-curricular experiences, and enhanced staff development. For more info email info@harvardschoolstrust.org or visit http://www.harvardschoolstrust.org, and follow the Trust on Twitter @HarvardTrust or find us on Facebook at Harvard Schools Trust.

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