Disconnected

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Director: MELODY GILBERT
MINNESOTA MADE • DIRECTOR PRESENT

The approach used by the class to produce Disconnected was untraditional to say the least. Led by accomplished documentary filmmaker Melody Gilbert (URBAN EXPLORERS: INTO THE DARKNESS, A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN, WHOLE), eight dedicated Carleton College students conceived, filmed, and edited the movie in a documentary production class.

Making the film meant that the students had to commit to each other in a fashion that is rarely, if ever, required by college classes. After pitching ideas back in September, three students in the class volunteered to give up their “digital crutch” – computers. The rest of the students were assigned to shadow and film the “computerless three” to capture on video how they adapted and coped with their schoolwork, recreation and relationships. When the camera crews weren’t available, the three main characters were equipped with hand-held “video diary” cameras. All the filming occurred during one term (September-November). Miraculously, all three of the main characters passed their classes and all of the students in the class have learned something about their generation: they need their computers. But at least now they know how to use a typewriter.

USA • 2008 • 74 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: MELODY GILBERT