DocNight: We Live In Public
USA, 2009, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Social Issues
Director Ondi Timoner In-Person
35mm presentation - We Live In Public is the story of the internet's revolutionary impact on human interaction as told through the incredible and tumultuous life story of internet pioneer and visionary Josh Harris. As far back as the early '90s, Harris predicted a future dominated by life online and created the companies that were direct predecessors to MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. The tale turns ugly when his underground NYC bunker, housing dozens of permanent "citizens" and outfitted with hundreds of surveillance cameras, is busted by FEMA as a millennial cult. Harris decides to take the experiment a step further by rigging his loft with 24-hour surveillance live on the web, and in doing so becomes a media casualty, losing his girlfriend, money and mind. Both a visionary and a walking cautionary tale, Harris proved how in the not-so-distant future of life online, we willingly trade our privacy for the connection and recognition we all deeply desire. Through his experiments, including the six-month stint living under 24-hour live surveillance online which led him to mental collapse, he demonstrated the price we may well pay for living in public. Directed by Ondi Timoner (DiG!).
DIRECTOR: Ondi Timoner
US Distributor: Abramorama
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