Twittamentary: The Film
Twitter accelerates serendipity. Bonds are forged as a result of unexpected encounters between strangers as they share moments of their lives real time.
Twitter also attracts controversy. Cynics see the popular micro-blogging service as the breeding ground of 'narcissists' and "micro celebrities" who are lured by the promise of instant fame.
Why has this seemingly banal micro-blogging service captured the world’s imagination?
In this documentary, filmmaker Tan Siok Siok (@sioksiok) peels away the hype and explores the human dimensions of how lives connect and intersect, and then are affected and changed as result of encounters on Twitter.
Twittamentary is created in the open spirit of the Web. Twitter users are invite to contribute ideas and videos to the film. When the film is completed, it will be released online under a creative commons license.
About the Filmmaker
Tan Siok Siok (also known as Siok Siok Tan) is a filmmaker and educator who has built a career as an executive producer of international documentaries, focusing on the greater China region.
Her executive producer credits include Discovery Channel’s China First Time Film Makers Initiative, Portraits Taiwan– a biography series of prominent Taiwanese as well as travel and lifestyle shows for Discovery Travel and Living. These shows have clinched more than a dozen awards and nominations at the Asian TV awards and the Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Emmy Awards.
Siok has also been a visiting lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy, one of Asia’s preeminent film schools. As part of her lecturing stint, she directed a documentary about the Beijing Olympics with the assistance of her students. The film, Boomtown Beijing, has become one of the better known films about the 2008 Olympics, scoring interviews on CNN, Phoenix TV, South China Morning Post , Brazil’s Globo TV and numerous blogs and magazines.
Siok holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honors) in Comparative Literature from Brown University, USA.
Twittamentary, a documentary about popular micro-blogging service, Twitter, is Siok's latest film. You can follow Siok on Twitter @sioksiok and share your thoughts about Twittamentary.