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Crackberry’d

The Truth About Information Overload
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This fascinating new film… offers a perspective on 21st-century technology that will be enlightening for most and alarming to some.

Brad Oswald

The Winnipeg Free Press

Provocative, fast-paced, funny and shocking.

Western Today

Director-writer Andy Blicq (The Secret World of Shoplifting) has done an exceptional job in marshaling the evidence, visiting the right experts and producing a blast at the technological revolution that is chock full of fascinating scenes.

James Bawden

TV critic and blogger

This fascinating new film… offers a perspective on 21st-century technology that will be enlightening for most and alarming to some.

Brad Oswald

The Winnipeg Free Press

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The Story

One thing is certain about human nature...we’re born talkers.   Our urge to communicate is universal. And now with modern technology we can meet anybody… anywhere… at anytime. Crackberry’d takes a hard look at how computers and the latest cell phone technology affect our families and our co-workers in addition to our own lives.

“I don’t think I’ve met a single person who says they’re happy managing the technology pace,” says Tod Maffin, a Canadian expert on technology use.  “One of the problems with living in an ‘always on’ society is we perceive the need to always be on.”

In this provocative, fast paced, funny and shocking documentary, Crackberry’d examines the risks associated with using our tech gear behind the wheel of the car, at home, as well as at the office where cell phone use in meetings have re-written the rules of etiquette. We discover that there is growing concern that our technology use has turned us into a distracted nation. That the emphasis is shifting from deep thinking to getting superficial knowledge fast and that despite what we think, we’re not very good at multi-tasking with all those devices.

Directed by Andrew Blicq (The Truth About Liars, Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War), and featuring interviews with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and author Don Tapscott (Wikinomics, Grown Up Digital), Crackberry’d takes measure of how technology devices are affecting our personal lives both for the good and the bad, and leaves us with an important question: Can we manage the technology around us, or will we let it manage us?

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Duration(s)

International Broadcast Version / DVD - 52 min

CBC Version - 42 min (Title: Are We Digital Dummies?)

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Distribution & Educational Sales

Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

For distribution and sales information (World, excluding North America), please contact TVF International.

Educational Sales:

To purchase this title for Educational use (North America), please visit our educational sales store.

To purchase this title for Educational use (World, excluding North America), please contact TVF International.

Duration(s)

International Broadcast Version / DVD - 52 min

CBC Version - 42 min (Title: Are We Digital Dummies?)

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About The Team

Writer, Producer, Director
Andrew Blicq

WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ANDREW BLICQ

NARRATOR ANN-MARIE MACDONALD 

EDITOR GIL TETREAULT

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY KEITH EIDSE, BARRY LANK CSC, BRIAN ROUGEAU

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER HOLLY MOORE

ORIGINAL MUSIC SHAWN PIERCE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MERIT JENSEN CARR

PRODUCED BY MERIT MOTION PICTURES

Released:
2010