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Cellular Aftershocks

A World Increasingly Dependent on the Smartphone

Year: 2020, 69 mins
Code: DDP-Cellular

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A highly educational documentary on the impact that the smartphone has had on society, groups, couples and individuals around the planet.

The film follows six individuals from Delaware County, adjacent to Philadelphia, and includes experts in medicine, psychology, teaching, and learning, who have concentrated their efforts on addressing the "aftermath" of this piece of the technological revolution. The film is divided into sections (suitable for group study) but flows as one fluent piece as well.

The sections include:

1 Introduction and "technopherence"
2 Smartphone gratifications that can trigger dependency
3 Adolescence
4 Learning problems
5 Interpersonal difficulties
6 Loss of personal identity
7 Less productive work environments
8 Safety concerns
9 The advent of 5G
10 Solutions for dealing with smartphone dependency and addiction
11 Conclusion

While a primary audience consists of high school and college students, it also serves parents, educators, and all who will learn to view the smartphone as the key technological instrument for continued social change and future technological growth.

Produced, written and directed by Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer ;
Editor: Barry Levy ;
Senior Assistant: Paul Keenan

Dwight Pallmeyer is a documentary producer, director, writer, actor, voiceover artist, andaudio/video editor. Cellular Aftershocks (2020) is the second documentary, he has written, produced, directed and narrated.  This film examines how smartphone technology and a growing dependency on it, is leading to a variety of problems including: fragmented interpersonal relationships, depression, feelings of isolation, and loss of self-authenticity. It also poses growing safety concerns and provides a variety of solutions.
Pallmeyer wrote and produced his first feature-length documentary, The Critics: Stories from the Inside Pages (2007) streaming at Artfilms. DeWerth-Pallmeyer has also acted in a number of dramatic shorts. Pallmeyer was a radio news director in Wyoming and in Illinois. He contributed numerous reports to National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and Monitor Radio.
Pallmeyer taught Communication Studies at four universities from California to upstate New York for over three decades. He chaired the Communication Studies program at Widener University for 14 years. He served as the faculty advisor to radio stations at all four universities.
Pallmeyer is a frequent contributor in media interviews for articles in a variety of publications including: Forbes.com, USAToday.com, FoxNews.com, the Christian Science Monitor, Philly.com, AZcentral.com, o.Canada.com, among others.

Pallmeyer is the author of the book, The Audience In the News (Routledge Communication Series) and of numerous book chapters, academic and popular articles.Pallmeyer earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

The value of this production is that it not only describes the effects of cellphone over-use both for the individual and for society, but that it offers solutions to help one overcome the addictive nature of the marvelous, yet potentially harmful device.  Jeff Benton

Eye opening and very well done. Makes you really think and realize the dangers to our cell phone dependency. I highly recommend this film as it was enjoyable, educational, and easy to watch.
Andrew Rosen

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