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Special Evening with Director Ondi Timoner in Hollywood! Also, WLIP Comes to LA!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Ondi Timoner will be appearing at the International Documentary Association (IDA) on Thursday September 24 in Los Angeles.  Doors open at 6pm and the seminar runs from 7 to 9:30 and includes a brief intermission.  She will talk about WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and the story behind the making of the film, the road to Sundance and beyond.  Anyone can come but space is limited, so reserve your tickets right away.


Doc U: An Evening with Ondi Timoner


Thursday, September 24, 2009
Doors open 6:00 p.m.
Seminar 7:00-9:30 p.m. (with brief intermission)


Kodak Screening Room
The Eastman Kodak Company
6700 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Parking and light refreshments courtesy of The Eastman Kodak Company
(Entrance is 2 blocks east of Highland Ave. on Las Palmas)

IDA members: $35 advance purchase; $45 at the door
Non-members: $45 advance purchase; $55 at the door

IDA website —-


The very next night, Friday September 25th, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC premieres in Los Angeles at the NuArt Theater!  More details to follow in an upcoming blog post, but Ondi + the star of the film, Josh Harris, will be on-hand for Q+As at the opening weekend and we are planning all kinds of fun in conjunction with our Los Angeles theatrical launch.

“How he lost $80 Million and plans to get it all back…” Josh on ABC News and a New Press Round-up!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

We had an amazing feature story on ABC News this week, all about the star of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, Josh Harris.  The piece includes lots of footage from the documentary and will be interesting to fans of our film, internet junkies, and both the Josh lovers and haters out there.

Here’s a link to the televised piece:

They also have an article on-line at the ABC News site:
Documentary Chronicles the Return of a Former Tech Mogul
“Harris says he believes society is headed into a future where everyone lives in public.  ‘Orwell was wrong; the government doesn’t impose Big Brother,’ he says. ‘Audiences demand it.’  And Harris says he’s the guy to take us there.”

Check out some of the other press and media attention we have received as of late:

“Timoner’s 90-minute documentary about dot-com kid Josh Harris paints Harris as a venerable Nostradamus of the Internet age… We Live In Public won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, will no doubt win over legions of filmgoers, and may just place Harris in the limelight… A vivid portrait.”

Film Threat
‘Net Loss: Interview With Filmmaker Ondi Timoner on WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
“Like a shot of Broadband to the brain, “We Live In Public” is prompting major buzz… With confident, compressed momentum, “We Live In Public” persuades us that virtual interaction has trumped physical connection.”

Chlotrudis Mewsings
“Controversial and thought-provoking… Timoner again leverages unprecedented access to expose a fascinating character… and, at the same time, provides insight into our own futures as our lives become increasingly exposed online.”

A Gathering of the Tribes
Caged King: Josh Harris and Ondi Timoner’s WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
“[Ondi Timoner] is known for her ability to capture strong film verite…”

New Todays
Dan Persons: Mighty Movie Podcast:  Welcome, Big Brother: Ondi Timoner on WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

We are closing out a really fun and successful run at the IFC Center in New York City but we are still playing at the Brattle Theater (BUY TICKETS HERE) in Cambridge, MA, and look forward to opening in Los Angeles next, on 9-24-09 at the Landmark Nuart Theatre.  Thanks so much for all of your support!

Our Widget = Portal to Awesome Bonus Footage From WLIP!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Love WE LIVE IN PUBLIC?  Then you you will be a fan of our extra-awesome widget.  In addition to being a handy source of info about our theatrical dates and so forth, there’s a little button on there called “Web Exclusives” that will take you to secret bonus content that isn’t in the film and our first installation is live NOW.  We will be rolling out new extra footage and great scenes that hit the cutting room floor over the next few months, so go to the HOME PAGE OF OUR SITE and find it.   But don’t stop there!  PLEASE SHARE the widget with the world by putting it on your facebook or myspace page, your blog, your site and everywhere else you can think of to help us spread the word!  Click that little Share button and go to town ;) .   Thanks!

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Opens Cambridge Theatrical Run Tonight at the Brattle

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Head to Cambridge this weekend for the very exciting Boston-area theatrical launch of our 2009 Sundance-winning documentary.   We will be at the Brattle Theater and you can BUY TICKETS HERE.  Director Ondi Timoner and star Josh Harris will be on-hand for lively Q+As.  This is a rare opportunity to not only see our film on the big screen but also to meet the masterminds behind the film and grill them with your toughest questions ;) .

Check out some of the excellent advance Boston-area press:

Boston Globe
WE LIVE IN PUBLIC: The rise and fall of a dot-com darling: ‘Public’ traces a visionary’s virtual ruin
“WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is… fascinating, like a car wreck seen through a rearview mirror… the film touches eerily on the paranoia and power games that can come from having an ever-present audience.”

The Providence Phoenix

Call it Woodstock crossed with Salò and The Real World
“…As Ondi Timoner’s lively and chilling documentary reveals, [Josh Harris] did embody… excesses of narcissism and puerility and delusions of grandeur.”

We launched in NYC at the IFC Theater last week (and we are still running!) and sold out our opening weekend screenings, so grab your tickets for Boston in advance.  We’ve gotten some big love from the press during our New York run so far!  Take a look-see at a few samples:

New Yorker
“Disturbing yet fascinating footage… [Josh Harris] is graced and cursed with a visionary strangeness; artist, con artist, and businessman; genius, clown, and control freak…”

Huffington Post
We Live in Public shows what happens when one follows a dangerous idea to its logical conclusion… the film serves both as a disturbing and mesmerizing drama, and a sobering warning.

Fast Company
“We Live in Public is a voyeuristic and captivating look at our growing dependence on the Internet… The film will undoubtedly cause you to think long and hard.”

We’ve just extended our limited run in NYC at the IFC, so tell your New York friends to catch it while they can!

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Now Playing In NYC at the IFC and a New Press Roundup!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC has extended our theatrical run in NYC at the IFC Center.  Do not miss out on one of the most talked-about and acclaimed docs of 2009 — this is a very limited engagement!  Go get your seat and be sure to tell your New York area friends.  BUY TICKETS HERE.

Screening times: 1:10pm and 7:30pm daily.   Next on the whistle-stop tour: Boston.

DSC02118WE LIVE IN PUBLIC marquee!

DSC02134Ondi + Josh at an IFC Q+A

We continue to get incredible press on our documentary and as of today we have an 89% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Here’s the latest media round-up for you!

NEW YORK MAGAZINE—August 28th, 2009—Vanita Salsbury asks Josh Harris 21 questions
“Josh Harris: I am staying in a Hollywood pool house driving a yellow Corvette. I can barely afford the gas to make it go. I am lucky to have good friends…”


HUFFINGTON POST—September 2nd, 2009—Dan Persons interviews Ondi Timoner for the Mighty Movie Podcast
“The film serves both as a disturbing and mesmerizing drama, and a sobering warning.”

“Award-winning director Ondi Timoner and Josh Harris discuss the new documentary WE LIVE IN PUBLIC…”

AWEARNESS: The Kenneth Cole Blog—September 2nd, 2009—Dan Persons interviews Ondi Timoner for the Mighty Movie Podcast
“Many of Harris’s seemingly insane ideas have been manifest in the ubiquity of sites like Facebook and Twitter: we really do live in public now, so why isn’t Harris getting any props for being way ahead of the curve? Just think of it: when Harris founded Pseudo, in 1994, the founders of Facebook were still in grade school.”

SCATTER/GATHER:ideas+opinions from content strategists at Razorfish—September 1, 2009—Now Watch This: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
“Dozens of people lived together in close quarters and had cameras pointed at them everywhere they went, every minute of the day. It got messy. Days later, we were still thinking about it.”

DALLASBLACK.COM—August 28th, 2009—Four star review by Kam Williams
“Vividly recounted… A cautionary documentary about the dire prospects of a culture where people feel most validated by a television camera.”

See more recent press for WE LIVE IN PUBLIC here:

Screening at Burning Man TONIGHT – WLIP Plays at the Giant Pig Jail?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

We are showing the film tonight (or tomorrow morning, depending on how you look at it) at 2:30AM, certainly setting an official record for Weirdest Screening Time Ever at Interloper Films. Because the details via our Burning Man liason are in festival-speak, I’m just going to quote this one…. “we’ll be showing it right on the playa from an art car outside the 3:00 plaza”  Evidently there is a bar on hand and “the art car is either Scotty Soltronic’s famous Solar Saucer (Discovery Channel, etc, famous eco-power device) or a giant pig with a jail as its belly.”   Check at the Social Media Booth in 3:00 Plaza for the most up-to-date info, but let me boil it down for ya.

Time: 2:30 in the morning on Friday
Place: By the Solar Saucer or the Giant Jail Pig in the 3:00 plaza

Can somebody take some pictures of this for me? Thanks.