Tiffany’s work has been featured around the country including

The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Dear Human

The Museum of Modern Art in New York

premiered this sold out cinematic performance on February 15, 2020.

More Dear Human performances will be announced as soon as live experiences return...


-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now  

"Tiffany Shlain's work is part art installation, part documentary, part video essay and a handful of one woman show. Take the strengths of Barbara Kopple, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Sandra Bernhardt and Thom Anderson and have them throw down over a late breakfast. You've got something close to her luminously thoughtful wonders that take you somewhere you've seen before but also wish could be."  

—  Kevin Smokler, author of the forthcoming Awesome, She Shot That: Conversations with Great Female Filmmakers


— Rick Smolan, author of The Good Fight

"Dear Human is about the necessity of committing to co-presence again as a society..."

— Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design at University of California, Berkeley


— Farai Chideya, broadcaster and author of books including The Episodic Career.





About Dear Human

This live cinematic essay performance takes the audience on a journey across the past, present, and future of the relationship between humanity and technology. Incorporating live narration, moving images, original animations, an evocative soundscape, and audience engagement, Dear Human invites the audience to investigate how technology both amplifies and amputates our humanity and how to make sure we stay human in this 24/7 culture. 

Directed by Tiffany Shlain

Produced by Sawyer Steele

Dramaturge Meiyin Wang

MoMA Curator Kathy Brew

From the Director

"Ten years ago I wanted to create something that merged all my interests -- film, speaking, audience interaction, and the theater experiments I did with The Webby Awards -- into one experience I started calling “Live Spoken Cinema.” I have been experimenting with this form on my book tour for 24/6 and at various events over the years, and I was thrilled with the response to the premiere of our Live Spoken Cinema 1 hour show, Dear Human, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.”

- Tiffany Shlain

About MoMA's Doc Fortnight

"Always a momentous occasion for lovers of nonfiction cinema, Doc Fortnight celebrates its 19th edition with some of the most formally innovative, thought-provoking documentary and hybrid films being made in the world today. This year’s edition features 12 world premieres, 17 North American premieres, and 14 US premieres from 38 countries. Many of these films have won top prizes at other major international festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Locarno."

About Nonfiction +

"The world premiere is part of Nonfiction+, a special sidebar of MoMA’s nineteenth annual Doc Fortnight series showcasing nonfiction filmmaking that goes beyond the traditional cinematic experience. "

About the Creative Team

Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, speaker, and author who merges all of these forms in an experience she calls Spoken Cinema where she live-narrates her cinematic essays on stage in front of moving images and a soundtrack. 

Sawyer Steele is an Emmy-nominated producer and co-founder of Let it Ripple Studio with Tiffany. He has co-written, co-produced, and co-edited several award-winning films including Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology; which premiered at Sundance. He was Voice Over Director for the award-winning Sundance film The Royal Road. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series, The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. 

Meiyin Wang is a director, producer and curator of live performance, specializing in cross disciplinary contemporary performance. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Fellowship at the University of Washington from 2016-2019. She was the Festival Director of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls, a site-specific city-wide performance festival in San Diego; the Co-Director of Under the Radar Festival at The Public. She was the curator of the Park Avenue Armory’s artist residency series and the lead curator of Arts Emerson’s TNT Festival. Her directing work has been seen at La MaMa, American Repertory Theater, The Public Theater, Museum of Chinese in America, Brava Theater Center and other non-traditional performance sites. She studied under master directors Robert Woodruff and Anne Bogart and holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. She travels actively to research new performance globally and has served on numerous adjudication panels including Herb Alpert Award,, NEA, NYFA, Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund, and Sundance Institute, and also served on the board of Theater Communications Group.  Meiyin was born and raised in Singapore.​


Further Reading​

Variety "Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight Lineup Includes ‘Crip Camp,’ ‘Some Kind of Heaven’"

Point of View Magazine "MoMa’s Doc Fortnight was Diverse and Eclectic"

Forbes "MoMA’s ‘Doc Fortnight 2020’ Films Will Travel From Florida Retirement Community To Mongolia

The Brain Portrait (2014): UCSF’s Sandler Neurosciences Center premiered the art installation Brain Portrait as part of the Mind Matters art exhibition. Watch a short clip about it here.

The Brain Portrait: How do the images around us affect our brains? How do they influence the ghost in the machine? In this exhibit, visitors will enter a photo booth and put on a portable brain scanner — a low resolution EEG that “uses sensors to tune into electrical signals produced by the brain.” They will then be shown film sequences of both compassion and violence. We will take the data from the scanner and create artistic interpretations of the patterns our brains experience for each. Visitors will leave with a unique photo strip from: The Brain Portrait. Read the press release.

More about the show: “Mind Matters: Mapping the Human Mind through Neuroscience” is organized by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience in collaboration neuroscientists and area artists. Mind Matters is an interactive, visual and educational art exhibit. As an interdisciplinary exhibit at the intersection of arts, technology and science, it is designed to stimulate intense interactions between art and science, allowing each to follow its own route, from start to finish, in a rich and full-fledged manner, both artistically and scientifically. It comes to life as a fruit of the collaboration of small groups of artists and scientists—in many cases just duos or trios—working together. Find out more at

The National Museum of American Jewish History premiered

Tiffany Shlain & Ken Goldberg's Film and Participatory Art Project

The Whole Cinemagillah

This film and participatory art project by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg ran at the  National Museum of American Jewish History December 2016 – March 2017.

Cinema: A sequence of images wound onto a reel and unwound to tell a story.
Megillah: A sequence of words wound onto a scroll and unwound to tell a story.

How has the American Jewish experience been represented in film and television? The Cinemagillah project,  a 12-minute film and art installation by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg, offers some answers.  The project was part of their OPEN for Interpretation Artist-in-Residence program, and includes contributions from the public collected via social media, a “cloud-sourcing” method Shlain and Goldberg have used in award-winning films such as The Tribe (2005) and The Making of a Mensch (2015).  More info on the OPEN program here.

You are invited to share your favorite Jewish moments from TV and film history in the Museum’s recording booth or on Facebook.

Press Articles:

Jewcy (Arts & Culture) – Jewcy Interviews: The (Whole) Cinemagillah

eJewish Philanthropy – The (Whole) Cinemagillah” premiers at National Museum of American Jewish History

The DaVinci Museum premiered an art installation of Tiffany's films and work - focusing on her films on gender equity.

Smashing Video Art Installation 

Premiered at The Contemporary Jewish Museum and was acquired by 21c Museum Hotels

An interactive art installation with video projection, step plate, custom electronics, and software.

Ken Goldberg and Tiffany Shlain (electronics design by Danny Bazo)

Smashing is an interactive new media installation where motion triggers audio and video. Visitors are invited to make a silent vow and then to stomp on a floor plate. The impact triggers a projected slow-motion video of breaking glass accompanied by a musical track that responds to the quality of each impact.

Shattered glass has punctuated crises and transformations through history and across cultures from Kristallnacht to the Watts Riots to the breaking of a glass at the conclusion of the Jewish wedding ceremony.

Smashing debuted on opening night of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on June 7, 2008. It was exhibited at the Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair, in New York on March 5-8, 2009. The first edition was acquired by 21C, the contemporary art museum in Louisville, Kentucky supported by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.

Sample installation photos:

Edition of 3. Represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery, SF, CA

Watch video highlights from the premiere.