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Searching: What Happens When We Disappear into Our Screens?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Location: Redstone Theater

With Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian, Adam Alter, and Heather Berlin in person

Presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival

Searching. Dir. Aneesh Chaganty. 2018, 101 mins. DCP from Sony Pictures. With John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La. 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 supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.