Connecticut native, Will Sloan, premieres The Open Window.
As India races to bring its entire population online, Deepa and Jaya, two girls from a low-income community in Delhi, are introduced to the internet for the first time through a learning lab at their school. Their time in the lab opens up a universe of fresh ideas, possibilities, and perspectives, and provides them new ways of learning about themselves and the world around them. When the lab threatens to close, Deepa and Jaya are forced to consider the implications of having their access taken away. Their stories provide an intimate reflection on the transformative potential of the internet, and how it affects our sense of self and our relationships with family, culture and society.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Reception, with light bites and cash bar
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | The Open Window Premiere
7:00 pm – 7:45 pm | Talk-back with filmmaker, Will Sloan
Questions? Please contact Amanda Jolly, VP, Programs, at (860) 241-6118 or email@example.com.
About the Filmmaker:
Will Sloan is a filmmaker and consultant from West Hartford, Connecticut. With a background in communications and economics, Will has traveled the world exploring the role of media and storytelling in addressing complex global issues. After graduating from Boston College in 2012, Will moved to Bangalore, India to support YourStory, a then-start-up media company, in telling the stories of individuals committed to solving the country’s biggest social and environmental challenges through sustainable business solutions. While at YourStory, Will connected with Daniel Oxenhandler and Alfred Birkegaard, and joined as a researcher and Assistant Photographer on Alfred’s first documentary feature, Collaboration: On the Edge of a New Paradigm? which premiered at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX) in 2014. Building on their exploration of collaboration and open science in the internet age, Will returned to India with Alfred and Daniel to begin production of The Open Window, a documentary film exploring the impact of the internet on education and learning, told through the stories of two young girls from a low-income neighborhood in Delhi. Will is currently a consultant at Cadmus where he supports renewable energy outreach and engagement programs in the United States and internationally. He continues to support the Collaboratorium, a Copenhagen-based collective committed to fostering collaboration through open media, science, and film.
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