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WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Gets More Acclaim From Roger Ebert

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Happy holidays!
As the end of the year approaches and journalists compile their best-of-year (and best-of-decade)  lists, we’ve been excited to see WE LIVE IN PUBLIC get a lot of nods from various people who *clearly* have excellent taste.   One of our favorite reviews from the past year came from legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who gave us a four star review in October.  We are thrilled to be a part of his year-end round-up of the best docs of 2009, alongside some other amazing docs including TYSON, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, and ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL.

“Josh Harris… was a myopic visionary, a man who saw the future more vividly than his own life… Filmmaker Ondi Timoner was on the scene from the start… Fascinating.”

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and we’ll catch you next year!

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC Featured In Major UK Paper

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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.”


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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“Disturbing”… “Provocative”… It’s Another Press Round-Up!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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.”

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!

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!


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!