Josh Harris comes clean in We Live In Public.
WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (Mongrel, 2009) D: Ondi Timoner, w/ Josh Harris, Tanya Corrin. Rating: NNNNN; DVD package: NNNN Rating: NNNNN
We Live In Public is certainly the "cautionary tale for the Internet age" director Ondi Timoner claims. It's also a first-rate look at a strange man.
In 1980, computer analyst Josh Harris discovers the nascent Internet and immediately envisions a future in which everyone is compulsively online. After making millions in a consulting firm, he launches Pseudo, the world's first Internet TV network, years before the arrival of broadband. In 1999, he sets up Quiet, an underground bunker in which 100 New York artist/hipsters live for a month with non-stop surveillance cameras and monitors everywhere. Meltdowns ensue. He follows this with an attempt to live completely on webcam. Relationship flameout ensues.
Timoner spent 10 years charting Harris's rise, fall and peculiarities (his Gilligan's Island fetish and clown character, among others). She's turned amazing footage into a lively, insightful movie, the making of which she describes very well on her commentary. Harris's own commentary ranges from proud to bitter. It's worth a listen.
EXTRAS Director commentary, Harris commentary. Full-frame. English audio. No subtitles.