Ondi Timoner, 2009
|Born||Ondi Doane Timoner
December 6, 1972
|Occupation||Film director, producer and editor|
Timoner has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Born in Miami, Florida, Timoner graduated cum laude from Yale University, with a double major in American Studies (concentration in Film and Literature) and Theater Studies. Her 2004 Sundance-winning documentary DIG!, about the collision of art and commerce through the lives of two bands, and her 2009 top prize-winner We Live in Public, about an internet visionary who showed by example how willingly privacy and even sanity are traded in the virtual age, were both acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for their permanent collection. She also directed the socio-political feature documentaries, Join Us (2007), about the religious cult epidemic in America, using the example of the Mountain Rock Church in South Carolina, and The Nature of the Beast (1994), a look at the US prison system, and co-directed the short film Recycle, which premiered at Sundance in 2005, and screened at Cannes and in schools worldwide. In 2010, Ondi premiered her fifth feature-length documentary on climate change, Cool It at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, and released it theatrically on November 12 that year through Roadside Attractions.
In 2000, Timoner created, produced and directed the original VH-1 series Sound Affects, about music's effect at critical moments in people's lives. She has directed commercials and web series for McDonald's, State Farm, Ford, the United States Army and others, and is currently directing the next two short films for Honda's "Dream the Impossible" series, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.
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While filming music videos and documentaries for Interloper, Timoner simultaneously produced, directed, and edited Dig!, which chronicles seven years of the lives of two neo-psychedelic bands, The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. After its release in 2004, the film won the Grand Jury Prize 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival, and is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Timoner has completed several other documentaries: Recycle (short), winner at the ICG Awards, and presented at Sundance, Cannes, and Silverdocs; Join Us, a documentary about mind control in the United States; We Live in Public, Cool It, a documentary about climate change, and Library of Dust (short), a documentary about thousands of canisters of cremated remains found at the Oregon State Hospital.
We Live in Public 
Timoner debuted We Live in Public at the Sundance Film Festival. The film considers some of the darker effects of modern media and technology on our personal identity through an examination of "the greatest internet pioneer you've never heard of", Josh Harris. The dot-com millionaire had an affinity for expensive fascist-themed social experiments that eventually led to his mental breakdown. We Live in Public won the Grand Jury Prize award in the U.S. documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival.
Upcoming projects 
Ondi is also currently directing and producing a documentary series follow up to We Live in Public, which explores transparency now that the Internet is a medium with immense power in the world. She completed the opening film for President Clinton's concert at the Hollywood Bowl in October 2011, which raised money for the William J. Clinton Foundation. Her film starred Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, the President, and many other notables.
- Library of Dust (2011)
- Cool It (2010)
- We Live in Public (2009)
- Join Us (2007)
- Recycle (2004)
- DIG! (2004)
- Switched! (TV series, 2003)
- Sound Affects (TV, 2000)
- The Nature of the Beast (TV, 1994)
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- "Cool It (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
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- Global Warming and Common Sense. New York Times, November 11, 2010
- "Brad Balfour: Q&A: Award-Winning Documentarian Ondi Timoner Rocks With We Live In Public". Huffingtonpost.com. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
- "The greatest Web pioneer you've never heard of - CNN.com". CNN. March 3, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
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- Ondi Timoner at the Internet Movie Database
- Ondi Timoner on Twitter
- Ondi Timoner on Facebook
- Biography on indieWire
- Interview in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Interview on SuicideGirls
- Filmmaker Profile on Snagfilms