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Adrian Grenier Shows Mad Love For WE LIVE IN PUBLIC As We Gear Up For Our HUGE MARCH 1 EVENT!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is being released on March 1st via digital download and DVD and we are busily preparing for our uber-wired, star-studded launch party premiere.  You are coming, right?  Yes you are!

You can come be with us LIVE if you are going to be in Vancouver, LA Denver, Chicago, New York or Atlanta on March 1, or tune into beginning at 5:30pm PST for the live webcast.  Not only will Director Ondi Timoner and star Josh Harris be available for your probing questions, but Adrian Grenier will be hosting from New York and Eliza Dushku will be helming the festivities in Los Angeles.

Check out what Adrian has to say about WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and our upcoming event!

“I’m pumped to be a part of this unique web-cast conversation for “We Live in Public”.  I am excited to be paving new territory with a trusted explorer Ondi Timoner. Not only is the film amazing and timely, but the web is a perfect forum to share it with its fans.  I’ve loved her films for years and have always watched her closely because as an independent thinker and filmmaker, she’s been smart and innovative in this uncharted space called the internet. Ondi, with this film, has almost become an oracle in my mind. I am an independent documentary filmmaker myself and because my last film TEENAGE PAPARAZZO shares many similar themes as WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, I feel a strong sense of simpatico with Ondi. These days it is important that we all band together as independent spirits to share momentum and support. Low budget  independent films and documentaries were once marginalized, but that’s not the case anymore. On the internet, with whatever budget and with whatever genre of film, we can appeal directly to our audience and let the audience speak and respond. The internet is the great democratizing force. The ’90s saw the rise of independent film and now we will usher in a new era of independent film that, thanks to the internet and web-casts such as this, includes the audience in the equation as well. Let’s do this, I can’t wait.”

Ondi and Adrian at Sundance 2010

Thanks, Adrian!

YOU can come be a part of the conversation on March 1st, so join Ondi, Josh, Adrian, Eliza and the gang and be a part of film and internet history!

Celebrate Our DVD/VOD Release On March 1st With Nationwide Screenings, Parties, Celebs and More

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

On March 1st, in celebration of our VOD/DVD release, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC will be screened simultaneously in theaters worldwide!  The screenings will be followed by a webcasted in-theater Q&A with director Ondi Timoner and the always-controversial star of our documentary, Josh Harris, live from a pod in Chicago (if you’ve seen WLIP you’ve remember the sleeping pods from the bunker?).  Concurrent screenings and Q&As will take place in LA, Denver, Chicago, New York and Atlanta, and we are thrilled that Adrian Grenier (Entourage) will be live with the audience in New York and Eliza Dushku will be hosting the affair in LA.   All of the cities will be linked to one another and webcast live on  Webcast starts at 5:30 PM PST, with screenings starting at 6 PM in LA, & in Denver, 8pm in Chicago, and 9pm in NY & Atlanta. Q&A and outrageous parties directly following the screenings.  During the simultaneous screenings, Ondi and Josh will host a live show from their Chicago pod with exclusive clips from WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, all live on

WLIP Teams With Gravitas and IndiePix For March VOD/DVD Release And HUGE Multi-City Simulcast Event

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Gravitas Ventures and IndiePix are going to be releasing WE LIVE IN PUBLIC on March 1st, 2010 into tens of millions of homes on VOD (video on demand) and across digital platforms. The video on-demand release will be accompanied by a multi-city simultaneous theatrical event that will utilize the very technology the award winning documentary explores. After our digital debut, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC will have its national DVD release March 2 through New York-based independent distributor IndiePix.

The March 1, 2010 Multi-City Simulcast Event is a trail-blazing conclusion to what has been an aggressive 2009 festival tour, online campaign, and 15-city theatrical run. The excitement generated our release over the last year has already caused five major cities in the US and Canada to sign on to participating in this ground-breaking March 1st event. These include Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, New York, NY and Vancouver, BC – where a simultaneous screening of the film will take place followed by an interactive Q&A with Timoner and Harris from a performance space in Chicago. Distribution company, IndiePix, will host the New York screening. Each of the participating cities will be linked via a live webcast, with attendees able to participate in the live Q&A in theater and online audiences able to participate via Twitter. Celebrities are scheduled to participate from their home computers and webcams, and the event will include live performance pods, including fire throwers, trapeze artists and celebrity DJs that will continue the live webcast following the Q&A. The multi-city simulcast event will be webcast live on Our film is currently available for pre-order with a 15% discount prior to the DVD release!

Gravitas Ventures releases over 300 films annually in cable VOD including feature films, documentaries, animation, alternative sports, wrestling/mixed martial arts, comedy, and music concert programming. Gravitas’ acquisitions include: Lance Hammer’s Ballast (Sundance), Anat Baron’s Beer Wars, Stacy Peralta’s Crips and Bloods Made in America (Sundance), Jay Jonroy’s David and Layla (Cannes), Kate Churchill’s Enlightened Up!, Ryan Little’s Forever Strong, Marianna Palka’s Good Dick (Sundance), Kevin Rafferty’s Harvard Beats Yale: 29-29, Deborah Kampmeier’s Hounddog (Sundance), Georgina Riedel’s How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (Sundance), Benson Lee’s Planet B-Boy (Tribeca), Stephanie Soechtig’s Tapped, Michael Keaton’s The Merry Gentleman (Sundance), and Robert VanAlkemade’s What Would Jesus Buy? (SXSW).

IndiePix is a New York-based distributor that delivers a highly-curated collection of the best Independent Films from around the world. They have a catalog of over 3,500 independent film gems – art-house, foreign, and documentary the IndiePix team selects the best titles from the international festival circuit. Avenues for distribution include event driven public exhibition, domestic and international broadcast licensing, and major Internet and cable digital channels. IndiePix’s proprietary distribution includes its patented Download-to-Own technology, its partnership with Streamami for its industry leading On-Demand streaming hi-resolution full screen presentations, and its proprietary retail sales and marketing capability.

We are so excited to team up with these amazing companies to get our film out there and into the hands of those of you who have supported us and cheered us on through this process, as well as in front of lots of new faces. Bring it on!

Denver — Special Events and Theatrical Run At The Starz Filmcenter!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is coming to rock the Rockies!  Our film will be at the Starz Filmcenter from December 3rd through the 10th.  On opening night, Thursday December 3, the 7pm screening will be followed by a Q+A with director Ondi Timoner and on Friday December 4th, the 7:30pm screening will be followed by (in the words of the promoter…) “a provocative panel discussion and Q&A focused on the role of social media and the real-time web in media, advertising and popular culture.”  The panel members include Ondi, Ef Rodriguez of the Huffington Post and Scott Prindle + Alex Burnard of Crispin Porter + Bogusky.  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!  Don’t find yourself in the shoes of one of those people emailing us and bemoaning the fact that they missed the run in their city and when are we coming back , yada yada… don’t be that guy.  We are so psyched to bring the film to Denver and the opening two nights in particular are going to be a blast!

“This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man… [FOUR STARS]” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times

We Live in Public at STARZ[1]

People of the Public Celebrate – New Photos Posted

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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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Tonight! Exclusive Preview of WLIP in Dublin

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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!

Ondi and Josh Rock an Interview + Freak Out Tia Carrere at our Variety Screenings

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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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Four Stars from Roger Ebert and More Amazing Press Out Of Chicago!

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Tonight we open at the Music Box theater in the Windy City and we are getting raves from all the major Chicago rags.  BUY TICKETS HERE — Check it out!

Chicago Sun-Times
“This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man.”

Chicago Tribune
“Here’s a cautionary tale for the virtual campfire… genuinely terrifying.”

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”

Come to the 7:30pm screening at the Music Box tonight to see Ondi and Josh live for a Q+A, or catch it WEBCAST at 9pm central time on our site,  We are having a party at the AAA Building in Wicker Park after the Q+A — if you come to the Music Box today, keep your ticket stub for entry into festivities.  Buy tickets for the Music Box event tonight or click HERE for more info about our theatrical run in Chicago!

TONIGHT – i^3 hosts special Chicago screening of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

As we gear up for our Chicago theatrical opening tomorrow night at the Music Box, we are psyched to stop by i-cubed headquarters for a special preview screening of WLIP, open to the public.  Ondi and Josh will be there for a Q+A, which will also be webcast ’round the world.  Tune into or at 9pm central time (7pm west coast / 10pm east coast) to catch it!

Date: Thursday Oct. 15th
Location: 11 W. Illinois, 4th Floor (top buzzer)
Doors: 7pm
Show: 7:30pm
Q+A: 9pm
For info about our THEATRICAL RUN at the MUSIC BOX beginning Friday October 16th, CLICK HERE

WLIP Hits Chi-Town — Special screening + Theatrical Launch!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

We are so excited to be opening in CHICAGO at the incredible Music Box theater.  Our run begins Friday October 16th and director Ondi Timoner and star Josh Harris will be on-hand for a post-screening Q+A after the 7:30pm show on opening night.  Tickets went on sale today and believe it or not, we are well on our way to being sold out for opening night, so don’t dilly dally.  We will be at the Music Box all week.  If you want to purchase tickets in advance, you have to call the theater.  We recommend it!
Music Box Theatre |  3733 N. Southport Ave.  |  Chicago, IL 60613  | Showtimes: 773-871-6604   Office: 773-871-6607

If you can’t be at the opening night talk with Ondi and Josh in the flesh,  Our friends at i3 Media are sponsoring a live webcast of the discussion!  Check out at around 9pm CST (7pm PST) on Friday October 16th and then stick around to see more action as the webcam crew heads off to our Chicago premiere *party*.

A ticket stub gains you entry into the afterparty, which is at the AAA building in Wicker Park.  We are rocking it out with free drinks from our friends at 42 Below Vodka, a video-enabled photobooth and an all-around raging time that promises to be a full-on “We Live in Public Experience”.

In addition to the Music Box run, the i3 Media gang is hosting a special preview screening on October 15th, open to the public.  Ondi and Josh will be there in person for a webcasted post-screening Q+A, so if you can’t be there to catch it live, you don’t have to miss out on the fun.  The event is located at:
11 W. Illinois, 4th Floor (top buzzer)

Thursday, October 15th
doors at 7:00
show is at 7:30
webcasted Q&A at 9:00 CST  — tune into


We are having a great run in Austin and San Francisco.  Check out some of the love we’ve gotten!

Austin Chronicle “Ondi Timoner, who also directed the now-classic rocker doc DIG!, makes a bold and trenchant argument, via Harris’ pseudomorphically perverse life, that we are all now “slaves to little boxes,” and it’s true, Tweetpeeps, isn’t it? [FOUR STARS]”

San Francisco Bay Guardian “Fascinatingly addictive, this follow up to Timoner’s cult classic Dig! (which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2004) follows the bi-polar exploits of Internet pioneer Josh Harris. This man predicted every single step of the internet and the jaw dropping footage of his “experiments” are here to prove it. In 1999 he created a quasi-cult community in the basement of New York, in which people were given pods to sleep in, free food, drugs, and all night raves while every move was being recorded and shared. Even now, the uncompromising footage has the power to warp the viewer into his Orwellian vision of the future. But wait — that’s not all: Harris then goes on to rig 32 motion-sensor cameras in his house, creating the first website to stream his and girlfriend’s every life moment. I can’t express enough how awesome this film is, or how horrifyingly revealing of where our own society has headed.”

Run and get your tickets, Chicago, don’t walk!  See you there!