WE LIVE IN PUBLIC with director Ondi Timoner live this weekend at South Lamar!
Anyone who's been paying attention to the Alamo's programming over the last few months will note that this has been an outstanding year for documentaries. We've placed such films as FOOD, INC., THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, ANVIL - THE STORY OF ANVIL and NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD into regular bookings over the last few months and we've been delighted with how well they've gone over with Alamo patrons, often extending their original runs due to audience demand.
To this vaunted list we're pleased to add WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, the story of internet pioneer Josh Harris' online experiments on the death of privacy in the internet age, which begins a regular run at the Alamo South Lamar beginning this Friday with director Ondi Timoner (DIG!) in person for the Friday and Saturday evening shows. There's no question that this is one of the best documentaries of the year (it won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at this year's Sundance Film Festival), with an 86% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4-star review in this week's Austin Chronicle:
"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?" - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A must see for anyone interested in internet fame and the phenomenon of casual over-sharing..." - Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"Using archival material and footage Timoner herself shot over the previous ten years, We Live in Public would be fascinating by virtue of its subject alone. But the filmmaker wisely emphasizes how Harris also represents something bigger; this isn’t just the story of one man but also the dawning of the virtual über alles age and the death of privacy." - Time Out New York
"This astounding new documentary burrows into the thin and darkly funny spaces between artistry and vanity, isolation and community, collaboration and exploitation, sanity and madness." - Variety
On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of the "greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of," visionary Josh Harris. 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.
Josh Harris, often called the "Warhol of the Web," founded Pseudo.com, the first Internet television network during the infamous dot-com boom of the 1990s. He also created his vision of the future: an underground bunker in NYC where 100 people lived together on camera for 30 days over the turn of the millennium. (The project, named QUIET, also became the subject of Ondi Timoner's first cut of her documentary about Harris. Her film shared the project's name.) With Quiet, Harris proved how, in the not-so-distant future of life online, we will willingly trade our privacy for the connection and recognition we all deeply desire. Through his experiments, including another six-month stint living under 24-hour live surveillance online which led him to mental collapse, he demonstrated the price we will all pay for living in public.
Director Ondi Timoner will be at the 7:25pm Friday screening and Saturday 6pm screening. There will also be WILL LIVE IN PUBLIC merchandise available for sale at these screenings.
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