We Live in Public
Ondi Timoner's documentary WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of Josh Harris, who at the turn of the millenium, launched an art experiment called Quiet: We Live in Public. He created an artificial society in an underground bunker in the heart of New York City. More than 100 artists moved in and lived in pods under 24-hour surveillance in what was essentially a human terrarium. They defecated, had sex, shared a transparent communal shower—all on camera. On January 1, 2000, after 30 days, the project was busted by FEMA as a “millennial cult”. The result is a fascinating, sexy, yet cautionary, tale where we all become Big Brother.
Ondi Timoner graduated from Yale and founded Interloper Film in 1994. She made DIG! In 2004 and won the prestigeous Sundance Grand Price for Best US Documentary the same year. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC won the same price this year and Timoner is the only one who has received this twice.