TikTok, Boom.

The power and complexity of technology is examined through the lens of one of the most influential platforms of the contemporary social media landscape, TikTok.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
October 24, 2022
Length
83:41 minutes
Director/Producer

Shalini Kantayya

Shalini Kantayya’s TikTok, Boom. was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was an official selection at SXSW, SF Film, and HotDocs. Her film Coded Bias premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens, and launched on Netflix. Her debut Catching the Sun was named a NY Times Critic’s Pick.

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Producer

Ross M Dinerstein

Ross Dinerstein is the founder and CEO of Campfire Studios. Over the past 20 years, Dinerstein has produced or executive produced 50+ series and feature films, premiering projects at the most prestigious festivals in the world and airing on almost every major network and streaming platform.

Producer

Danni Mynard

Danni Mynard is a documentary filmmaker, based out of Brooklyn, NY. She produced TikTok, Boom. which premiered at Sundance 2022, along with the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Londongrad and WeWork: or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn. Her recent work can be viewed on HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Nat Geo, and many more.

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The Film

The power and complexity of technology is examined through the lens of one of the most influential platforms of the contemporary social media landscape, TikTok. TikTok, Boom. dissects the platform along myriad cross-sections—algorithmic, socio-political, economic, and cultural—in order to explore the impact of the history-making app. A cast of Gen Z subjects, helmed by influencer Feroza Aziz, is central to the film, balancing a genuine interest in the TikTok community and its innovative mechanics with a healthy skepticism around the security issues, global political challenges, and racial biases behind the platform. Inherent in that balance is an inquiry into what it means to be a digital native.

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