Big Brother Is Watching...

...And so is everyone else!

In an age in which bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers and other amateur cyber-journalists wear their lives and opinions on their sleeves for all to see, the question of “How far do you go?” can lead to a pretty far-ranging discussion. That’s the question that filmmaking phenom Ondi Timoner (the only director in the history of the Sundance Film Festival to win the Grand Jury Prize twice) started exploring when what began as a documentary about artist Joshua Harris’s millennial art project, Quiet, for which a hundred people lived together on-camera for thirty days in a New York City bunker, turned into something bigger and much more ominous. Harris, known as the “Warhol of the Web,” then took things even further by becoming his own 24/7 subject in a project that led to his eventual breakdown.

“The film is really shocking — to see this man, Josh Harris, and how he is living for all to see, broadcasting every intimate detail of his life,” says spokeswoman Aubrey Cornelius. “It’s bizarre, but incredibly interesting and a little scary, too.” Timoner and a panel of experts will discuss the effect of the Internet on modern society tonight after the finished film, We Live in Public, screens at 7 p.m. as part of the DocNight series at Starz FilmCenter, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus; the film will continue at Starz through December 10. Admission ranges from $6 to $9.50; get tickets and information at www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter or call 303-595-3456.
Thu., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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