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Don’t Mess With WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – New Press Round-Up!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Wow, what a week for great reviews!  As we continue our theatrical run at the Roxie in San Francisco, open at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX and play at the Vancouver International Film Festival, we continue to feel the love from journalists and bloggers.  Check it out!

Wired Magazine
Review: Smart We Live in Public Probes Web Genius’ Hubris

“Timoner… deftly treads a tightrope between admiration and skepticism for her central character… a whale of a good story.”

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Blog

“There’s no question that this is one of the best documentaries of the year…”

Vancouver Sun: Review

“(Critic’s pick) We Live in Public:  Ondi Timoner has a way of making non-fiction films feel entirely personal… In her award-winning follow up to Dig!, she takes us deep into the dark heart of dot-com millionaire and disgraced internet pioneer Josh Harris. Harris was the first person who saw humanity move toward virtual encounters, and set up a performance piece involving a community of subterranean pods. 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. Harris may remain a complete enigma by the final frames, but Timoner captures the blurry line between who we really are, and what we pretend to be.”

The Vancouver Sun
VIFF: Sex, drugs and screaming matches for all the world to see in We Live in Public documentary

“…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…Through it all, Timoner’s camera bears witness to each subtle shift in Harris’s persona as he attempts to bargain with his own public image, and sell the notion that he’s just so far ahead of his time, he’s doomed to be ridiculed in the puny minds of his peers.”

Ondi Timoner’s We Live In Public At The BFI

“Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.”

ZHIV – a blog about nothing
Two Movies for Bloggers: Julie/Julia and We Live in Public

“The film tells a truly amazing story and it’s quite disturbing…  Go see We Live In Public if you want a better idea of what’s really going on and where this whole thing might be headed.”

Fan The Fire Magazine Blog
London Film Festival: Film Review: We Live in Public

“There are three things that may never cease to fascinate me: the early 90s (because it was so recent, and is considered by the generation who shape our conscious to be irrelevant in comparison to their “special” generation of the 60s, and yet it was so vibrant and culturally rich); the internet (because nobody is capable of predicting where it will go… it is like a wild frontier, but every time someone thinks they have discovered California a whole new plain appears before them); and finally men (and I use that word to denote a member of my species, not necessarily my gender) who seem to have it all, but then manage to throw it all away… If you feel like you are interested in any or all of the above, then you really need to see Ondi Timoner’s ‘We Live In Public’.”

“Timoner’s investigation into Harris’ past exploits couldn’t be more timely. The dotcom mogul’s sometimes sadistic “social experiments” evidence that he was well ahead of the curve in recognizing and exploiting the fact that a) we love to watch and b) we love to be watched… Fascinating.”

All These Wonderful Things by AJ Schnack

“…one has to admire Timoner’s innovative thinking toward the promotion of her film.”

Movie City News — Video Interview w/Ondi Timoner

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!


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!

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.

From Director of WLIP — JOIN US is on Sundance Channel Starting Tonight

Monday, August 31st, 2009

You might not know that between DIG! and WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, director Ondi Timoner made a documentary called JOIN US.  The film follows the story of four families over two years as they attempt to break free from one of the 5000 active cults in America.  It features not only an intimate look at the inner workings of the only accredited live-in cult treatment center in the world, but also includes in-depth interviews with the abusive yet persuasive cult leader himself.  The doc is premiering tonight on the Sundance Channel — check out the SCHEDULE.  You can also see scenes from the film and the trailer at  Tune in!

“Creepy… An interesting, eerie film…” Ain’t It Cool News
“An unusually intimate experience… Intense drama!”  Variety

Josh Harris in NYC to Support Film All Week… Boston You’re Next

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

After an incredible opening weekend at the IFC in New York, Josh Harris, the subject of the documentary will continue to hold Q+As all week for audience members who catch us during this limited engagement.  This is a unique opportunity to both see the film on a big screen and get a chance to grill (or ask polite questions of) the star afterward.  New Yorkers, grab your TICKETS now!

Boston, your theatrical run is imminent!  Our opening day is Sept. 4 and Ondi and Josh will be there with bells on over opening weekend to hold Q+As after the screenings.
Brattle Theatre
Cambridge, MA


Check out our star JOSH HARRIS on the front of the Style section in the New York Times today!