Fri Mar 3, 2017 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Directed by Delaney Ruston
United States | 1 hr 8 min | 2016
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Director, Producer, Writer
Along with Screenagers, Ruston has produced and directed several award winning documentaries such as, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia (2010), about reconnecting with her father and Hidden Pictures (2013), about global mental health, which features actress Glenn Close. Both films were featured in many film festivals, were the corner stone of advocacy campaigns, screened at the World Health Organization, and aired on national PBS.
She has made several short award-winning films such as Crisis in Control and Go Away Evil and 2013 was received a Fulbright Scholarship to make films in India. Ruston has received several awards for her work in launching advocacy movements using her films as the emotional spring boards.