SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

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"Screenagers is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. In part by letting the teens themselves speak about their own concerns and solutions. Screenagers is deeply affecting, too." — Dave Eggers,  Author

"It's a MUST SEE for anyone with kids in their lives!" — Martha Adams, Chief Creative Officer for Girl Rising

"I saw Screenagers two days ago at my son's school PS276 NYC.  It was an incredible eye opener... it pointed out exactly what we are dealing with in my family. ..  This already has brought changes into our life."— Kirsten R. C. , New York Parent

"i have been very concerned about this issue and as I'm a geneticist I'm very interested in the science behind it. The film is REMARKABLE: thoughtful, provocative and beautifully filmed and edited."   Beth T., Geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital

"Screenagers is very informative and I liked how it included video games in the movie. I saw the film at my science camp this summer." —Eshan Tivakaran, 15 years old, Plainview NY



Delaney got the idea to make Screenagers when she was struggling with her son and daughter around screen time issues. As a mom she wanted to know what to do and as a physician she wanted to understand the science of tech time on children’s development. Committed to social change through films, her goal was to make a movie that would spark major conversations about screen time and today’s youth. 

Delaney has a long history of making films to foster change. Examples include her award winning films Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia about her father and Hidden Pictures about global mental health. Both films screened at film festivals, nationally on PBS and in communities worldwide as part of major advocacy movements. For her work in using film for impact she has won several awards. 

Delaney has been invited to speak and screen her films to audiences in diverse settings around the world — such as multiple academic and medical settings, universities, the United Nation, The TedX stage in Seattle and the World Health Organization.  Along with filmmaking, Ruston has spent over a decade providing primary care to people in underserved communities. Recently she joined Stony Brook School of Medicine’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics as the Filmmaker-in-Residence. FULL BIO 




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