dir. Ondi Timoner | 90 minutes | 2009 | documentary
“Everything is free except for the video that we capture of you – that we own.”
At the dawn of the dotcom age, Josh Harris cashed in on his early knowledge in the Web. He then resurfaced as a well-heeled artist with a flair for social engineering experiments. His most intriguing one, “Quiet: We Live in Public,” at the time seemed a proto-apocalyptic lead-up to Y2K, an Orwellian commune in which 100 human specimens lived in a New York City basement under 24-7 surveillance. Timoner, whose earlier film Dig explored other difficult artists, was in that basement herself, giving this footage more footing. Later, Harris and his girlfriend streamed their private lives online.
This fascinating material is spiked with deep resonance during an era where social networking sites, omnipresent cameras and fast connections have left many swimming in privacy-free zones. Featuring plenty of loud rock ‘n’ roll, the splashy We Live in Public carries urgent warnings about the near future, as reflected in a little-known story from our recent past.
Praise for We Live In Public:
“Incisive, exciting and thought provoking” – AOL/Cinematical
“Horrifyingly revealing of where our society has headed” – San Francisco Bay Guardian
“My favorite film at Sundance, bar none.” – Hollynwood.com
“Astounding. Burrows into the thin and darkly funny spaces between artistry and vanity, isolation and community, sanity and madness” – Variety