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SEARCHING: What Happens When We Disappear Into Our Screens?

Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

We work on screens. We play on screens. We watch and text and talk and purchase and post and navigate and read on screens. What is all of this screen time doing to our brains, our lives, and our relationships? Do they alter who we are, or are we what we hide? Come see the New York special screening of Sundance NEXT Audience Award-winning and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize winner SEARCHING, a pathos-filled, genre-busting, hyper-modern thriller about a father’s desperate search for his missing daughter, told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate. The screening will be followed by a talk back conversation, led by neuroscientist and TV host Heather Berlin, between SEARCHING writer/director Aneesh Chaganty, producer and co-writer Sev Ohanian, and NYU Professor Adam Alter, author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.

This program is co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image and Sloan Science & Film. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.

Special thanks to Sony Pictures.


Heather BerlinNeuroscientist

Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist, assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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Adam AlterPsychologist, author

Adam Alter is an associate professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business with an affiliated appointment at the NYU Psychology Department where he studies human judgment and decision-making.

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Aneesh ChagantyWriter, Director

Aneesh Chaganty is a write and director whose two minute short film, a Google Glass spot called “Seeds”, became an internet sensation after garnering more than 1 million YouTube views in 24 hours. He is a recipient of the Future of Storytelling Fellowship.

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Sev OhanianScreenwriter, Producer

Sev Ohanian is a screenwriter and producer native to Los Angeles. Since graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he has been a producer on over a dozen feature films. Four of his films have been Sundance Film Festival Official Selection.

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