Celebuzz Goes Inside MTV’s ‘Disconnected’ Premiere
As a part of the A Thin Line campaign — which empowers America’s youth to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abus’ — MTV really stepped out of the box with their newest film, with good reason.
According to the MTV press release:
“(dis)connected tells the story of four young people whose lives unexpectedly collide online and illustrates how growing up digital can complicate life and love. Although the characters have never met in-person before, they have an extraordinary impact on one another, culminating in one night none of them could have imagined.”
Jordan Calloway, who plays Isaiah, had an extra-emotional role. His character was based on the real-life story of Abraham Biggs, a 19-year-old who battled bipolar disorder and ultimately webcast his suicide after being egged on by a digital mob.
Calloway comments on the role:
“It really makes me reevaluate the power of technology. It’s dangerous, and you have to think of the person on the other side of the screen. If we were able to communicate without technology many of years ago, we can do it now.”
Director Leslie Libman tells us what she wanted people to walk away with from the film:
“The goal is that we wanted people to see how the internet is basically a community. I have a teenage daughter, so I am in the loop, and think it’s a great subject to explore. The communication between kids is the same, but the way they go about it is completely different than it was years ago.”
This film is sure to open eyes about how strongly our generation relies on digital communication, but how we sometimes do not take it seriously. Would we say the same thing to someone’s face as we would anonymously post on the internet? It’s definitely something to think further about. So, how do we go about helping? Join MTV’s A Thin Line campaign by going to www.ATHINLINE.org.
Also, don’t forget to watch the television premiere of (dis)connected on MTV October 10!