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Film Synopsis

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet?
At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.

Director’s Biography

Tonje Hessen Schei was born in Norway. She is a film producer who has worked on independent documentaries for 15 years. Her credits include Independent Intervention which she directed and produced in 2006 and Play Again, which she produced in 2010, both award-winning documentaries. Before that, she had worked on the documentary All Power to The People! for ENG (Electronic News Group, LA) and Texas and the Death Penalty, both in 1997.


Tonje has a BA in film production from University of Texas (Austin) and a Masters in film from the University of Trondheim (Norway).
Her past experience includes work for NRK, the Norwegian National Broadcasting Network and Ground Productions, an independent international documentary production company with offices in Portland and Norway, which she co-founded.

She is a member of many international film associations, such as IDA (International Documentary Association), EDN (European Documentary Network) and OMPA (Oregon Media Producers Association).




Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
Executive Producer: Lowan Stewart
Producer: Meg Merrill
Cinematography: Jim Klatt
Editor: David Bee