We Live in Public

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Released 2009

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Director:
Ondi Timoner
Released:
2009
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Ten years in the making and culled from 5000 hours of footage, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of "the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of", artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris. In the film, award-winning director Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented Josh's 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. In this insider look at the rise and fall of a dot-com entrepreneur, Josh 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. Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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  • 80

    Variety

    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.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    From the ample evidence, Mr. Harris's own life in public was a bust. Ms. Timoner sees him as a cautionary tale as well as a visionary.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    If anything, the film is a reflection of the Web zeitgeist, where observation comes easily but insight is rare. What saves the documentary from becoming a complete frustration is t...

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