Picture Character

Filmmakers: Ian Cheney, Martha Shane
Runtime: 81 min

Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language?

About the filmmakers

Ian Cheney is an Emmy®-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include King Cornand The Most Unknown. Martha Shane is an Emmy®-winning filmmaker, director of After Tiller and producer of From This Day Forward.

Martha Shane​ is an Emmy-award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her directorial debut ​After Tiller ​premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Emmy for Best Documentary. Martha produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary ​From This Day Forward​, which was theatrically released by Argot Pictures and broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV, and she produced and co-directed the feature documentary ​Bi the Way​, which had its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and was broadcast on MTV’s LOGO channel. In addition to directing and producing, Martha is an editor whose recent credits include ​11/8/16 ​(The Orchard, Netflix, 2017), ​ACORN and the Firestorm (Independent Lens, 2018), and ​Personal Statement ​(AFI Docs, PBS World Channel, 2018).