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Swoon — Recent Press For WE LIVE IN PUBLIC!

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Check out what some journalists and bloggers have had to say on behalf of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC recently.  Links included wherever they were available — some of the press has not been made available online yet!

Empire Magazine
“There is no doubting [Josh Harris'] grasp of the fame-obsessed, gadgetphile psyche… frantically compelling… chilling. [FOUR STARS]“Picture 2

The List
“Harris occupies the dangerous netherworld on which genius and mental fragility occupy a precarious balance.  WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is compulsively addictive, if remarkably unsettling as things get ugly.”

Heat Magazine
Heat’s Top 10 Films: The Best Films To See In Cinemas Right Now!
“Ondi Timoner, who made ace doc DIG!, succeeds again with a study of a bonkers… internet entrepreneur.”

Rock Sound
“Exploring the genius behind Josh Harris, a man who could predict the future of the internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is an interesting and thought-provoking documentary.”

Shadows on the Wall
“In documenting the story of one of the internet’s chief innovators, filmmaker Timoner explores the profound way online communities have changed Western society. It’s a fast-paced, entertaining movie, and it really makes us think.”

Huffington Post
ReThink Interview: Josh Harris — Nostradamus of the Net Tells Your Online Future
“The timing is right for Ondi Timoner’s excellent new documentary…”

Review: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Profiles a Web Eccentric
“Ondi Timoner always looks for the love and humanity in the subjects of her documentaries…”

Telegraph (UK)
Why It’s Impossible To Commite Digital Suicide – Even If You Really, Really Want To
“[WE LIVE IN PUBLIC] is part history lesson, part cautionary tale… I was gripped, sickened, horror-struck.”

Electric Sheep
WE LIVE IN PUBLIC: Interview with Ondi Timoner
“Excellent… WE LIVE IN PUBLIC offers a fascinating insight into the way that living through technology can affect our physical lives and personal identities”

Slash Film
End of an Era: Miramax President Quite, Disney All But Shutters The Label
“The big-ticket indie represented by Miramax is almost a dinosaur… and there’s been a great deal of commentary in the past six months about the death of the American indie. But if it is truly dying, then how did we get Big Fan, World’s Greatest Dad, Precious, We Live in Public, That Evening Sun, Black Dynamite (bought by Sony Classics, but not made by them) and many other true indies this year? The landscape is changing, and fast, but it isn’t dying. This is a changing of the guard, if a difficult one.”

Control Your Screens, Or Your Screens Will Control You
“Back away from the screen. Turn the cell phone off and walk outside for at least one hour. Do it now…”

Sound Screen

“[Josh Harris] decides to launch a ‘social experiment’. In return for abandoning their lives for a month the prisoners (for once you are in, you are not allowed to leave) are granted free food and drink. There’s a cereal bar! And an arms room bursting with all manner of guns, rifles and weaponry! It doesn’t take long for events to spiral out of control….”

Fuck Off Film
“I found this documentary just fucking fascinating… this is a great watch and for me one of the surprises of the year.”

The Blarg
Quick Movie Review: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
“[WE LIVE IN PUBLIC] left me feeling embarassed for Harris, ashamed of what humans are capable of, and terrified for the future that lies ahead. I can’t wait to see it again.  Big Brother is now.”

Imagine This.
“WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is the most f*cked up movie i have ever seen, because it’s real and it’s happening.”

Mellotron Sounds
“If you get the chance to catch this on a big screen, jump at it. This one seems like it very well could define a generation…”

The Web And Me
“[WE LIVE IN PUBLIC] did speak to some of the fears I have about extreme Internet use. One of these is my worry about the effects of obsessive use on human interactions and other behaviours… Yes, Google Streetview is cool, but if I can see the pansies on my front porch, what do the authorities see? (Hi guys!)”

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“Timoner specialises in portraits of charismatic, dynamic and dangerously deluded characters… A cautionary tale for our Orwellian, Facebook-addled, Twitter addicted confessional surveillance age”  The Times

After an amazing set of screenings at the London Film Festival and some fantastic British press, We Live in Public hits the UK Friday 13th November. There are live Q&As with Josh Harris in London on 13th & 14th.

We’re also giving some tickets away, see below for details.

Register for the chance of winning tickets for the nationwide screenings on 17th:

In conjunction with Odeon Panton St. a discount on group bookings of tickets is being offered for ther Q&As with Josh Harris on 13th & 14th so if you’re a member of a University Film Society, Film Meet Up Group, or just a bunch of friends interested in picking Mr. Harris’ brains then please email to negotiate the discount.

Fri 13 – 19 Nov

London – Odeon Panton Street (6:30pm Screenings on 13th & 14th include Q&A with Josh Harris!!)

Fri 13, Sun 15, Mon 16, & Thur 19 Nov

Manchester – Cornerhouse

Tues 17 Nov

Aberdeen – The Belmont Picturehouse

Bath – Little Theatre Cinema

Cambridge – Arts Picturehouse

Edinburgh – Cameo Picturehouse

Exeter – Picturehouse

Liverpool – Picturehouse @ FACT

London – Greenwich Picturehouse

London – Ritzy Picturehouse

London – The Lexi Cinema

London – Odeon Panton Street

Norwich – Cinema City

Oxford – Phoenix Picturehouse

Southampton ñ Harbour Lights Picturehouse

York – City Screen Picturehouse

Fri 20 – 26 Nov

Belfast – Queenís Film Theatre

Tuesday 24 & Thurs 26 Nov

Newbury – The Corn Exchange

Come out and support the film, bring your friends and tell your friends! Cheers!

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Recent press for WE LIVE IN PUBLIC:

“Timoner specialises in portraits of charismatic, dynamic and dangerously deluded characters… A cautionary tale for our Orwellian, Facebook-addled, Twitter addicted confessional surveillance age”  The Times

“Timoner manages to convey the crazed, euphoric atmosphere among the internet pioneers in the turn of the millenium” Sight & Sound

“Frantically compelling [FOUR STARS]”  Empire

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is opening theatrically in Seattle, Washington this Friday, as well as in a slew of screenings all across the United Kingdom.  Seattle, who knew that you were the sister city to the oh-so-glamorous UK?  We did, that’s who!  Come on out and show us some USA love!  The Seattle screenings are at the Varsity Theatre:
4329 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 781-5755

We are there for a week-long special engagement.  Don’t miss the chance to see our Sundance Grand Jury Award winning film on the big screen,  Seattle-ites. Seattlers? Seattle denizens? You know who you are.  Get your tickets here.

And if you are heading across the pond or have UK friends, please let them know about those screenings.  Info HERE.  Thanks!

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We are excited to be nominated for two Cinema Eye honors — Outstanding Achievement in Editing and Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score.  Cinema Eye is an organization founded by talented filmmaker and indie-champion AJ Schnack and is backed by IndiePix, HBO and Doc/Fest.  Congrats to Josh Altman and Ondi on the editing nomination and to Marco D’Ambrosio and Ben Decter for the amazing score.   They will announce the winners at the Cinema Eye Honors Ceremony on January 15th, 2010!

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We have posted two new photosets of some of the fun and mayhem from our London Film Festival premiere party and our Chicago theatrical opening and afterparty.  Chi-town was one of our most elaborate celebrations yet, featuring ‘pod’ recreations, acrobats, a massive WLIP cake, firedancers and much more.   The screenings and parties were so much fun and we were blessed to have a bunch of you amazing friends and fans show up to support WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.  Take a peek at the action!

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In anticipation of our UK theatrical premiere on Friday November 13th, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC will be screening at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin Ireland tonight!

Irish Film Institute
6 Eustace Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
T: 353 1 679 5744
Tuesday November 10 2009
More info:

Grab a friend and come on out!

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We are hot off an excellent run at the London Film Festival and we are eagerly anticipating our UK theatrical release on ***25 screens*** on November 13th.  In the meantime, we have an excellent bit of press in The Guardian.  Check out our feature!

“[Josh Harris] is walking ahead in order to show us where we’re going – and what we’ll look like when we get there.”


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Director Ondi Timoner is en route to London for the Friday October 23 launch of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC at the London Film Festival.  We have two concurrent screenings:
Friday October 23  6:15pm   Vue Screen 7
Friday October 23  6:30pm   Vue Screen 6
For more info about the festival and to get your tickets, click HERE:

Ondi will be on-hand for a Q+A afterwards, and then bring your ticket stub for entry into our afterparty!
Friday 23 October
8pm onwards
66 Trafalgar Square

Our parties have been **off the hook**. Don’t miss it.

If you are in the area but can’t make opening night and the festivities, don’t fret — WE LIVE IN PUBLIC has two more LFF screenings.
Sunday October 25  1:30pm  Vue Screen 6
Monday October 26  3:30pm  Vue Screen 5
Info and tickets here:

Tell your London friends!

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We are honored that Variety chose We Live In Public to be part of a special screening series.  They hosted us in New York recently and brought us to the Arclight in Los Angeles last night.  We had packed houses and amazing crowds — thanks Variety!

Check out this post-screening interview by Variety from our New York appearance:

And one starlet from last night’s screening was so spooked by our cautionary tale about living in public, she couldn’t resist tweeting about it ;) .  Thanks Tia!

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As WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tours around the world, we are racking up tons of great press and blog attention.  Big kisses to the Windy City and Canada for all of the recent love, and we are excited by the media response in the UK that is just starting to roll in as we gear up to play the London Film Festival…

National Public Radio / WBEZ
Eight Forty-Eight Reviews We Live in Public

“Maybe it was the money, maybe it was the attention… but things started going odd with Josh Harris… Ondi Timoner’s documentary focuses on a man through whom we can see the profound socio-cultural transformation wrought by technology in the last several decades.”

The Globe and Mail
Vancouver Int’l FIlm Festival 2009 Reviews

“[Josh Harris'] personal social skills are negligible, but his vision of society has been spot on.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Review by Roger Ebert

“This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man. [FOUR STARS]”

Chicago Reader

“[Timoner] uses her access to create a frightening portrait of a man whose technological genius fails to compensate for his gaping emotional deficits… CRITIC’S CHOICE”

Chicago Tribune

“Here’s a cautionary tale for the virtual campfire… Timoner’s film offers a ton of surface flash and a hard-driving editing rhythm… provocative.”

“…a provocative and compelling examination of dot-com millionaire Harris and his cutting-edge art projects that attempted to plumb the profound differences between our understanding of private and public space.”

The Review List

“Provocative doc about ‘the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of’… Ondi Timoner has followed him for 15 years, in good times and bad, and returned with a portrait of a genius/eccentric/screwball who left it all to grow apples. For Harris, the brave new world is behind him. Four stars.”

Stop Smiling

“Documentarian Ondi Timoner stormed Sundance in 2004 with Dig!, her chronicle of rockers The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. It won her the Grand Jury Prize — a feat she repeated in 2009 with We Live in Public, her take on privacy in the Internet age, as told through the lens of Web entrepreneur and artist Josh Harris.”

The Times (UK)

“The documentary maker Ondi Timoner specialises in portraits of charismatic, dynamic and dangerously deluded characters…”

VIFF ’09 Interview with Ondi Timoner

“Timoner: Since our premiere at Sundance this year, we have had such a passionate response to the film; spawning debates that last for hours. People write and say they cant sleep or have been up for days. I say the film could be billed as a horror movie…”

Three Cheers for Darkened Years! Film Articles by Witney Seibold

“We Live in Public” is fascinating, raw, amusing, and… fascinating to look at.”


After the film ended, Director Ondi Timoner addressed the audience and asked the following question, “are we losing our individuality and creativity through the internet?”… Don’t worry, I’m not going to drop off the grid or anything, but thanks to the thoughts provoked by this movie, I am going to try to do more things that none of you will see.

MovieSet Dailies

“Josh Harris’ path through the 90’s — from .com millionaire to web-casting visionary to financial refugee, hiding in Ethiopia from US creditors — is painted across Ondi Timoner’s film with great candor and remarkable fairness for Harris, who left a wake of alienated and estranged relationships when he left the map at the end of his fall…. Provocative.”

Gen X Reflects

“Mind-boggling… Run to this movie!”

Electric Sheep

“Ondi Timoner’s excellent documentary We Live in Public offers a fascinating insight into the way that living virtually through technology can affect our physical lives and our personal identities.”

Daily Freep

“Harris was a myopic visionary, a man who saw the future more vividly than his own life.”

Curtis Andersen Super Blog!

“Following [Josh Harris'] life and those who were affected by it and his projects, is shockingly self affronting and made both Rene and I re-examine just why we interacted with social media the way we do.”

And these two recent reviews made our last press round-up but deserve another shout-out!

Vancouver Sun
VIFF Reviews include the stunning documentary, We Live In Public

“(Critic’s Pick) Watching the social network short-circuit and the entire fabric of civility shred before your eyes can be very compelling, and Timoner doesn’t miss a syncopated beat in this detailed study of public personality, and the self denied… Timoner captures the blurry line between who we really are, and what we pretend to be.”

Smart We Live in Public Probes Web Genius’ Hubris

“Disturbing… [Timoner] captures the de-evolution of optimistic arty types into semi-deranged test subjects… Imminently watchable.”

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