It is estimated that one in five heterosexual couples in the United States have met online. This Valentine’s Day, Marc N. Weiss ’69 is releasing a movie on HBO2, “When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet” that explores the issue of how our search for human connection has been transformed by the vast expanses of the Internet. The movie, for which Weiss is the producer, attempts to explore how “The search for intimacy has changed in today’s Internet-centric world.”
The movie focuses on five main protagonists who have had incredibly different experiences with virtual dating. One woman, “Kim” boards a flight to Prague with a wedding dress already pack to marry a man she has never physically spoken too. Another story explored is that of a Swedish businessman, “Jonas,” who becomes entrenched in the 3D virtual world of Second Life with drastic effects in his real life. For “Ryan,” a young gay man, the Internet becomes a lifeline.
“When Strangers Click” explores a vast range of human emotions, from loneliness to elation, from confusion to fulfillment, and from humiliation to hope. The stories included in the film were selected from hundreds submitted online, including via Twitter, Facebook, and Second Life.
The movie is directed by Robert Kenner, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on “Food, Inc.” Weiss founded the PBS documentary series “P.O.V.” and Web Lab, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to using the Web as a transformation force in people’s lives.
The movie will air Monday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. exclusively on HBO2. It will air again on Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and again on the 22nd at 6 p.m.
Weiss graduated from Hobart College in 1969 with a B.A. in psychology. While on campus, he was a member of the Herald, WEOS, Echo and Pine, and Film Club.