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Archive for September, 2009

New Bonus WLIP Footage Up Now! In Honor of our SF Theatrical Open :)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

As promised, we have a brand new cutting-room-floor webisode posted today.  Meet Jeff Gompertz, the mastermind behind the voyeur-enabled sleeping “pods” in Josh Harris’s social experiment “Quiet” at the turn of the millennium in NYC.  This Japanese-hotel inspired structure  became the site of many debauched scenarios.   Learn more about Jeff and his contribution to Quiet by clicking on WEB EXCLUSIVES on our widget.

Where’s our widget?  Well, the boring way to find it is to go to the home page of our website and use it there.  Another even *better* way to find our widget is to POST IT WHEREVER YOU HANG OUT ONLINE and it will be there for you when you need it! Your blog, your site, your facebook page, myspace, you name it.   And you’ll be helping us spread the word about WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. :)

Also, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC hits San Francisco starting Friday October 2nd at the Roxie Theater.  BUY TICKETS HERE.   Yay San Fran!

WLIP Theatrical Runs in SF and LA + A New Press Round-Up!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

So much going on… WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is still playing at the NuArt in LA through tomorrow, Thursday Oct 1, and then we open at the Roxie in San Francisco this Friday, October 2.   Come on out, Californians, and catch us in theaters while you can!  And tell your friends!

Here’s a brand new round-up of the press and blog mentions we’ve had of late.  You love WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and we love you too!
“A suggestion for anyone considering DIY distribution for your project: make sure you have a spokesperson for your film who is as charismatic as filmmaker Ondi Timoner.”

LA Times
“Aggressively hip…”,0,5046431.story

Twin Cities Pioneer Press
“Startlingly good…”
All These Wonderful Things – AJ Schnack
“One has to admire Timoner’s innovative thinking toward the promotion of her film..”

Birmingham Weekly
“Director Ondi Timoner’s fascinating new documentary We Live in Public follows the life of Internet pioneer Josh Harris, who had a number of wildly innovative ideas but tempered them with his own special brand of eccentricity.”

Premium Hollywood
“Unlike her remarkable “DiG!,” about the cultish neo-psychedelic rock band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, or “Join Us,” about an actual religious cult, this time the cult is not just a few fanatics, it’s you and me.”

The Suffolk Journal
“You checked your Facebook today, didn’t you? When you logged on, whose latest pictures did you creep? What wall posts did you read?… If Ondi Timoner’s latest documentary We Live In Public proves anything, it’s that everyone’s entire lives, or select parts of our lives, will be played out through the Internet.”

Milwaukee Film
“I realized that this story is about us…it is a cautionary tale about how the internet can and is affecting most all of our lives. It is looking ten years back, when there was no broadband, and predicting a future where we could be exponentially caught in the virtual web.”

You Will Be Forever
“Timoner sets out with We Live in Public to tell the story of yet another walking cautionary tale in Josh Harris who, as Anton Newcombe did for artists everywhere in DIG!, will inevitably shake us all to the core about what the future brings for all of us as we increasingly live, work and love through media and technology.”

SF Gate
“When Ondi Timoner made ‘Dig!’ in 2004, times were flush for niche films, and her music documentary easily found a buyer. This year, Timoner hoped for similar results when ‘We Live in Public’ picked up the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize…”

Movie City News
“Fascinating, if occasionally frightening…”

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
“Friday’s pick — Ondi Timoner, director of “Dig!,” chronicled Harris for a decade, and her film combines his footage with her own for a portrait of his fast rise and faster fall. The result, “We Live in Public,” won the best documentary award at the Sundance Film Festival.”

“Ondi transforms cultural metacognition, especially in her compelling new film WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, which examines visionary Josh Harris, who invented Internet video streaming. Timoner’s films stimulate us to look and listen anew.”

Martina Randles
“The film explores the concept of broadcasting entire lives over the internet from taking a dump to having sex, every aspect of ones character is uncovered to the nth degree with bleak results… the film provides a moral tale for an ever developing modern society…”

New WEB EXCLUSIVES every day from yours truly, Widget

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

We are now doing daily postings of the bits and bobs from the 5000 hours of footage that we collected over the course of making WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.   Get our ***widget*** from the home page of our site and click on WEB EXCLUSIVES to see a new clip every day.  And please… post our widget on your blog, site, facebook account and wherever you shake your sh*t online!

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is at the NuArt in LA until Thursday ONLY.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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Get your heinies over to the NuArt!  We had an all-out incredible opening weekend and now you’ve got T minus five more days to see us blown up on the big screen, Los Angeles.

“Anyone who still maintains that documentary films are the domain of the dry and donnish has never seen the work of Ondi Timoner… Aggressively hip!”  Check out the latest LA Times rave about us:,0,5046431.story

“A suggestion for anyone considering DIY distribution for your project: make sure you have a spokesperson for your film who is as charismatic as filmmaker Ondi Timoner.”  Look at this article about Ondi’s recent talk at the International Documentary Association:

Go! NuArt!   And San Francisco… you are up next.  Opens FRIDAY at the Roxie for your Northern Californians…   INFO HERE.

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Buzz! At the NuArt in L.A. All Week!

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

We had an amazing opening night in Los Angeles last night with packed houses, a lively Q+A and a rocking party at the Hotel Shangri-la, I’m going to dedicate a blog post to the evening shortly.  But for now, enjoy a small selection of the murmurings out there about us…

From the lead reviewer…
LA Weekly Review
GO  WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, director Ondi Timoner’s remarkable (and remarkably unsettling) documentary We Live in Public follows obsessive self-documenter Josh Harris on his decadelong odyssey from multimillionaire Internet pioneer and Manhattan art-world cause célèbre to bankrupt (financially and emotionally), mentally unhinged exile. In 1999, before reality TV boomed or the words MySpace, Facebook and YouTube had entered the lexicon, Harris signed on for privacy-free life by launching the underground art project “Quiet: We Live in Public,” in which 100 like-minded exhibitionists lived for 30 days in open cells under the constant scrutiny of video cameras and Orwellian interrogators. Timoner (DIG!) was there from the start, and she stuck around for Harris’ equally catastrophic second act, in which he and his then-girlfriend equipped their apartment with wall-to-wall surveillance cameras and proceeded to live their lives, for your viewing pleasure, at the Web site Harris’ gradual implosion is both repellent and mesmerizing, Timoner’s film unsparing in its scrutiny. You can’t take your eyes off it, which may, in the end, be what Harris always wanted. (Nuart) (Scott Foundas)

Premium Hollywood:

Check out the dialogue on facebook!

Now go grab your friends and bring your crew to the NuArt to see WE LIVE IN PUBLIC this week.  It’s a short run… don’t miss out or who’s gonna feel like the fool?  You are! (sorry, I’m a little slaphappy between the hangover and lack of sleep thanks to our party last night…)


TONIGHT – Live Premiere Webcast from + LiveStream!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

If you can’t make it to our theatrical opening at the NuArt and our fete at the Shangri-La, come hang out with us and the folks at LiveStream for our streaming webcast **tonight**!  The action starts around 9pm PST, during the post-screening Q+A session with Ondi and Josh.  Then the cameras head off to the party to shoot the fun. Tune in to to see the webcast.

And for you Los Angelenos who want to be there in the flesh:
We will be at the NuArt Theater in Los Angeles for a week, but if you go today, bring your ticket stub to the after party for entry.
More info about our NuArt theatrical run HERE

After party info:
Hotel Shangri-La
1301 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Starts 10pm

Our Film Is Featured on NPR’s On The Media!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

NPR just did a great story on us for their national show, On The Media.   In case you missed it, here is a link to the interview.

We are opening theatrically in Los Angeles this weekend at the NuArt Theater, beginning Friday September 25th.  Please come out and support WE LIVE IN PUBLIC!

Find out more details about our LA theatrical run HERE.


WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Los Angeles Theatrical Opening is Friday Sept 25th at the NuArt!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Our little doc that could – which won Sundance ‘09 and has racked up many an accolade along its blazing DIY trail -  is kicking off its LA theatrical run at the NuArt Theater this weekend!  It will be there for one week only!

You, and I’m personally talkin’ to YOU there reading this right now, need to grab a buddy or two and come out for a mind-altering experience you wont soon forget.

To further convince you, check out this story about the film that ran this weekend on NPR’s “On the Media”

Check out our trailer and WLIP widget on the home page of our site,

Some pertinent info for the LA run:

NuArt Theater

11272 Santa Monica Blvd     Los Angeles, CA 90025-3154       (310) 281-8223
Our opening night is Friday September 25th, and showtimes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are at:
12:00 | 2:30 | 5:00 | 7:30 | 10:00
The film will continue to run at the NuArt past opening weekend — please check schedule for showtimes.

We are running a little ticket giveaway *contest* for the 10pm shows this weekend.  Click HERE for details.

Ondi and Josh will be doing Q+As at the 7:30 shows all weekend.  If you can’t make it, we are WEBCASTING the Friday night Q+A, thanks to our friends at LiveStream.  Go to at 9pm PST on Friday to stream the discussion and chat with other people and then hang around as the webcast continues on to our opening night afterparty!

Please help us spread the word by posting our widget on your site, facebook page, Twitter account, blog or wherever you spend time online!  Click SHARE on the widget to see a bunch of ways to spread us around the web world.

Thanks and see you at the NuArt!

Hey, LA… Win A Free Ticket to WE LIVE IN PUBLIC This Weekend!

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Announcing our Los Angeles TICKET GIVEAWAY!  To celebrate the long-anticipated opening of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC in our beautiful hometown, we are going to give away 200 tickets to the late shows during opening weekend of our theatrical release in Los Angeles at the NuArt Theater .

You can choose to go to the 10pm shows on either Friday September 25th, Saturday the 26th, or Sunday the 27th.

All you have to do is be one of the first 200 people to email us  at and specify which show you’d like to attend!

Remember to choose one option: 10 PM on Friday Sept 25th, 10pm on Saturday Sept 26th, 10pm on Sunday Sept 27th.

If you win, we’ll send you further details, but entry will be on a space-available basis, so make sure to get to the theater early enough to ensure that you get your ticket before it sells out.

We are really excited for opening weekend — it promises to be a huge affair with Ondi and Josh on-hand for Q+As at the 7:30 shows all weekend.

Nuart Theater  — BUY TICKETS HERE 11272 Santa Monica Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90025-3154  (310) 281-8223

We’ve had SO MUCH great press for the film — we have a blowaway 90% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes right now!  Check out one recent interview with MovieLine.  Find lots more press, photos, screening schedule and, of course, the WLIP trailer on our website,

Please support our film and add our film WIDGET to your website, blog, facebook page or wherever you spend time online — just click on SHARE.  Use it to keep up with showtimes, news, secret deleted scenes and help us spread the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC word!



Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Grab your proverbial latte and NPR tote, cuddle up to your computer and check out our national NPR feature on Fresh Air! 

“Ondi Timoner’s We Live in Public is a breathless film about Josh Harris [whose] projects raise all sorts of fascinating issues about how digital technology is redrawing the boundaries of the self.  As its possibilities enter people’s heads, they redefine what belongs to me — what is me — and what belongs to the world.”

And some other murmurings from the great wide web…

“Chronicling the career of Josh Harris, web-video pioneer and social-networking social-experimenter, the movie examines the net-kid’s decade-old happenings, then merely eccentric, and lays blatant their prescient relevance…”

Life Unscripted.
“This film raises important questions on how much we have come to rely on the Internet as a form of communication, and the extent to which it impacts the way we communicate off line as much as online… It makes you realise how much the Internet’s enticing and seductive qualities are both beautiful and dangerous!”