SFIFF56 In-Depth: All the World's a Screen with Stephen Apkon

"We are story animals. And we need to tell our stories in as direct, as unmediated, and as emotionally resonant a way as possible."
-Stephen Apkon, from The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens

In his new book The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, Steve Apkon argues that it is time we understand why and how visual images are today's most powerful form of communication. This short film, created especially for the book, shows exactly how image, sound and story can be more effective than words alone.  Apkon will go in depth at his SFIFF56 salon All the World's a Screen: Literacy in the Visual Age on May 1, 5:30, followed by a book signing.

Read an excerpt from The Age of the Image below.

Literacy has always been the barrier between the haves and the have-nots in our society, and in the larger global society and economy. Anyone angling for a computer job today has to be literate in the language of mainframe coding, just as anyone who wanted to be a merchant in Ur needed to know the rudiments of cuneiform. Visual literacy is the new frontier, one not limited to scribes, but open to all of us. And for the first time in the history of the planet, it has an instant global reach. It will not wait for the sluggards. We must adapt with the changing times and acquire the necessary skills in order to have full access to this opportunity—to remain competitive and engaged. Because, ultimately, one of the most rewarding things we can do is tell our stories and hear the stories of others. It is one of the fundamental cures for loneliness throughout time, a means of human connection.
— Excerpted from The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens by Stephen Apkon, to be published in April 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright © 2013 by Stephen Apkon. All rights reserved.

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I AM HERE is a short film for Stephen Apkon's new book, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens (Foreword by Martin Scorcese).

Film by Daniel Liss
Music by johnny_ripper
With Kaneza Schaal
Produced by Jessica Sucher
Concept by Stephen Apkon, Daniel Liss and Jessica Sucher
Story by Daniel Liss