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Cellular Aftershocks

1h 30m


Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer (Self)


This feature-length documentary outlines the unintended consequences of the smartphone on societies around the world and on individuals. The story arc follows the lives of several individuals in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. The County is very densely populated and represents the full socio-economic ladder of individuals within the United States. The film also includes interviews with the following experts whose research address issues related to the rapid growth of the smartphone and its "game-changing" impact on both individuals and the greater society: Matt Richtel, Pulitzer-Prize New York Times reporter, and author "A Deadly Wandering" (San Francisco), Adam Gazzaley, MD, Ph.D, UCSF School of Medicine Neurologist and Founder of the GazzaleyLab - Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab UCSF (San Francisco), Jacy Good and Steve Johnson, nationally recognized speakers, (Jacy lost both parents in a cellphone-related accident, and she still suffers disabilities) (White Plains, NY), Harriet Rossetto, Founder and Senior Consultant of Beit T'Shuvah (Los Angeles), Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Senior Rabbi, Author and Addiction and Criminal Rehabilitation Expert (Los Angeles), Jeff Nalin, Psy.D. - Founder and Clinical Director, Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center (Malibu), Loretta Simons, Ph.D, Dept. of Psychology, Specialty, Behavioral Addictions, Widener University (Chester, PA), Michael J. Baime, M.D., Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness, (Philadelphia), Brandon McDaniel, Ph.D, Illinois State, who studies negative implications of technology and families and technology and couples, who has developed the term "technoference." (SKYPE interview from Normal, IL), Dr. Kenda Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary, expert on youth and Christianity (Princeton, NJ), Lt. James Hennigen, PA State Highway Patrol, Delaware County (Media, PA), Dr. David Strayer, Neuroscientist at the University of Utah, one of the nation's leading researchers on distracted driving (Salt Lake City). While the film's primary audiences consist of high school students and collegiate undergrads, the film also targets parents and concerned citizens and lawmakers around the world who have noted the same array of negative impacts: reduced driver safety, poorer academic performance, depression, anxiety, reduced interpersonal skills, marital problems, etc.