Down The Rabbit Hole: Slenderman, Children & The Internet
Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Expanding on issues raised in the world premiere of the HBO Documentary BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, this panel explores the increasingly digital world, the potentially dangerous power of memes and the internet's influence on our children. For two little girls from Wisconsin, an online myth they believed had the power to kill them and their families, and led to the tragic stabbing of their best friend. What is the downside to infinite information at their fingertips, 24/7? How do kids understand what they discover online, when their skills of critical thought and analysis are only just developing? How can parents and content creators help them navigate the internet? Panelists from all sides of the spectrum tackle these questions, and the issues of a generation of kids traveling down the digital rabbit hole far enough to find its darkest basement.
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Father of Anissa from the film Slenderman
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Beware the Slenderman
Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. She has collaborated with global p...Show the rest
Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. She has collaborated with global partners, including HBO, Google, the Gates Foundation, UNICEF, the US State Department, and numerous broadcasters and foundations.
In addition to Beware the Slenderman, Irene most recently made Open Your Eyes, a short film following one Nepali family’s struggle to regain their sight, scored by Salman Ahmad and Peter Gabriel. In 2011, Irene was nominated for an Oscar and three Emmys for The Final Inch, about the global effort to eradicate polio. In 2014, her film One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp won the 2014 Prime Time Emmy for Best Childrens Programming. In 2011, she made Saving Pelican 895 which also won an Emmy for its affecting music score and followed the life of a single bird rescued from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. In 2007, Irene turned the camera on her own family to make her first feature-length documentary Hear and Now, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, received numerous Audience and Jury awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America.
Irene’s passion for documentary portraiture began as a still photographer following lives of the Deaf and the Blind living in the Himalayas. While living in Kathmandu, she published her first book “Buddhas in Disguise” and made her first film, Isharra. She later returned to New York to produce and shoot award-winning documentaries and work as a Producer with CBS News Sunday Morning.
Irene is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Portland, Oregon, USA with her husband, Matt, and their three sons.Hide the rest
Professor & Department of Psychology Chair
The University of Texas at Austin