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CELLING YOUR SOUL Screening Resources

No App for Life and Bullfrog Films invite you to make the most of your CELLING YOUR SOUL film screening by offering additional materials to elevate the conversation and take action! Use the film questions provided in the NO APP FOR LIFE  Film Guide and Challenge to provoke thoughts and hear honest insights from your students. Then challenge your viewers to connect more authentically in order to experience deeper and more fulfilling connections.

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No App for Life
, is about balance.  We’re elevating the dialogue beyond the reductive and limiting discussions of “technology” being either good or bad.  School officials are struggling with creating policy, procedures and protocols, and we have yet to have an honest national discourse of “best practices” that includes the addictive nature, psychological implications of childhood development, social skills, and interpersonal relationships.  We keep looking at the device itself,  without the deeper conversation of what IT is doing TO us.

Our Mission

More and more young adults are now realizing that the digital lifestyle they grew up  in has, in fact, not met the promises of greater connections.  Honest conversations reveal they feel more unfulfilled and lonelier as a result of the forced superficial, judgmental, overly dependent and artificial connections of social media and the digital socialization experience.

No App for Life follows the Embrace and Let Go © paradox.  We can Embrace the aspects of 21st Century technology that enriches the values of the human experience, and also be empowered to Let Go of elements that erode our authentic human needs, relationships and personal development.

Our Strategy

We are all “inter-connected” and the reality is that our 21st century technology has created some unrealistic expectations, fewer boundaries between our personal and professional lives, confusion due to the lack of protocol for social interaction, and the experience of judgmental social media connections in the digital age.

We offer a forum to examine the true effects of our digital lifestyle, reevaluate the way we’re using our technology, analyze how our devices are shaping our personal development, question the influence of digital devices on our children, and join together to create new social norms for a healthier relationship with the ever growing technology of the 21st century.

The Filmmaker

Author, filmmaker and champion of the No App for Life movement, Joni Siani provides customized consulting services to help your educational institution or organization better understand the issues surrounding technology addiction.  She is available for workshops, lectures, book talks, and one-off consulting to discuss her unique and proven solution to facilitating authentic interpersonal connections.


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CELLING YOUR SOUL is an examination of our love/hate relationships with our digital devices from the first digitally socialized generation, and what we can do about it.



"I often profess the roots of many of the sustainability issues faced by humanity lie in a separation from the rest of nature...If a failure to identify with the rest of the natural world contributes to a disconnect between our choices and negative environmental and social consequences, what will be the results of isolating ourselves from each other? Use this timely documentary to spur discussions (face to face!) about the important, but often overlooked, impacts our electronics have on social development."
Joy Joann Scrogum, Emerging Technologies Resource Specialist, Co-coordinator of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

"Succeeds in capturing the ways in which cell phones are pervading our lives. It is very engaging and sparks great conversation among young people."
Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, Professor of Education, University of Delaware, Author, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children

"[Offers] sound advice on how to monitor one's social media usage and how to judge what is the best application of technology...Appealingly genuine."
Geri Diorio, School Library Journal

"Very useful and engaging. Like fish in water, we have come to rely on anytime/anywhere access to information, content, and each other. This is especially true of young people growing up in today's digital environment. This film takes the fish out of water for a fresh perspective on its bowl - and the broader world around it."
Dr. Scott W. Campbell, Professor of Telecommunications, University of Michigan

"An honest and overdue evaluation of how our devices are shaping us...A heartwarming and eye opening understanding that people are more important than devices."
NYC Independent Film Festival

"Has the potential to intimately connect with students viewers. The students featured provide a level of peer to peer support for the viewers and open a dialogue about the harms of being so closely connected to a cell phone. Through personal stories and revelations the viewer is left with the very provocative question: 'What benefits could a technology cleanse introduce to my life?'"
Tara Stamm, Dept of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

"The point of the digital cleanse is that it affords participants the opportunity to take an introspective look at how they are socially, emotionally, and biologically affected by technology and reflect on their experience...CELLING YOUR SOUL is positive and inclusive."
Jay Gillespie, Wicked Local

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In one short decade, we have totally changed the way we interact with one another. The millennial generation, the first to be socialized in a digital world, is now feeling the unintended consequences.

CELLING YOUR SOUL is a powerful and informative examination of how our young people actually feel about connecting in the digital world and their love/hate relationship with technology. It provides empowering strategies for more fulfilling, balanced, and authentic human interaction within the digital landscape.

The film reveals the effects of "digital socialization" by taking viewers on a personal journey with a group of high school and college students who through a digital cleanse discover the power of authentic human connectivity, and that there is "No App" or piece of technology that can ever replace the benefits of human connection.

48 and 26 minutes on the same DVD
SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Written, Directed and Produced by Joni Siani
Associate Producer: Ben Abbene
Editor: Enver Perez
Camera: Willmarie Huertas, Enver Perez, Antonio Harris, Jimmi Ji, Rick King
A No App for Life Production

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