That Time I Got Social Media

Follow the journey of a digital outsider as she steps into the wild and unpredictable world of social media for the first time. Through hilarious mishaps, touching moments, and unexpected turns, she discovers the power and pitfalls of our online lives, raising important questions about identity, connection, and the future of human interaction.

  • Hannah Mootz
  • Hannah Mootz
  • Hannah Mootz
  • David Craig
  • Drew Highlands
    In The Water
  • Hannah Mootz
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 27, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Seattle Film Summit
    United States
    September 13, 2023
    World Premiere
  • New Haven Documentary Film Festival
    New Haven
    United States
    October 14, 2023
    East Coast Premiere
Director Biography - Hannah Mootz

Hannah became a first-time filmmaker back in 2017...unexpectedly. With what started as a simple experiment to document getting social media for the first time as a 'behind-the-times' 30 year old...soon enough became the start of a 6-years-in-the-making documentary short.

With a professional acting background of over a decade, Hannah is now a blossoming videographer in Seattle, WA.

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Director Statement

At age 30, I found myself in a unique position. I was the only person I knew who had NEVER had any form of social media. So I picked up a camera and decided to document my experience of getting it for the first time. I was 'out of touch' with technology to say the least. With what started as a simple experiment to discover all I had been missing out on, I unexpectedly was detoured to a haunting reveal of why I never joined in the first place.

This film reminds us of a simpler time of connection, as well as the humorous novelty of navigating social media as a newbie. More importantly, this story illuminates reconnecting to what matters most, even if its not what we expected.