Ondi Timoner

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Ondi Timoner
Ondi Timoner photo
Born Andrea Doane Timoner[1]
(1972-12-06) December 6, 1972 (age 42)
Miami, Florida
Occupation Film director, producer and editor
Years active 1994–present

Andrea Doane Timoner (born December 6, 1972) is an American film director, producer, editor and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Interloper Films, a full-service production company in Pasadena.

Over the past 20 years, Timoner has built a reputation for herself in the documentary world, becoming the only two-time recipient of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for documentaries (DIG! and We Live In Public). Her work is preserved in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in NYC.

Further, Timoner has been exploring disruptive innovation, constantly releasing content through her online video portal, A Total Disruption. Her episode with artist Shepard Fairey world-premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2014 as part of the Chief Executive Artist series. An episode on the musician Amanda Palmer world-premieres April 19, 2014 at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Preproduction has begun on her first biopic, a film about the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.


Timoner has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice.[2] 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 internet visionary, Josh Harris, 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.[3] 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,[4] 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.[5][6][7] In addition to documentaries, Ondi has made music videos for The Dandy Warhols, The Vines, Paul Westerberg, Lucinda Williams, Vanessa Carlton, The Jonas Brothers, and Run DMC, among others. She hosts a weekly talk show, BYOD, on thelip.tv, featuring interviews with top filmmakers from the documentary world.

In January 2012, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Timoner's narrative film debut, a biopic on the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe entitled Mapplethorpe, was one of the projects to receive grants through the Tribeca Film Institute’s 9th annual Tribeca All Access Program.[8]

She is currently producing a "constantly releasing documentary" and web-channel called A TOTAL DISRUPTION, about cutting-edge innovators who use technology to disrupt outdated industries, empower people, and change the world.[9][10]



Main article: Dig!

Culled from over 2,500 hours of footage, Timoner directed Dig! and co-produced and edited along with her brother David Timoner, which chronicles seven years in the lives of two neo-psychedelic bands, The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The film explores the love-hate relationship of the band's frontmen, Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival,[11] and is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.[12]

BBC Movies called it "Erratic, tragic, and absolutely hilarious: Dig! is fantastic filmmaking" that "works as both a savagely funny rockumentary and a sardonic comment on the politics of selling out."[13] Empire gave the film five stars out of five.[14]

We Live in Public[edit]

Main article: We Live In Public

Timoner debuted We Live in Public at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. The film considers some of the darker effects of modern media and technology on personal identity through an examination of "the greatest internet pioneer you've never heard of", Josh Harris.[15] The dot-com millionaire had an affinity for expensive fascist-themed social experiments that eventually led to his mental breakdown.[16] We Live in Public won the Grand Jury Prize award in the U.S. documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival.[17] Timoner is the first director in the history of the Sundance Film Festival to win the grand jury award twice.

Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and wrote, "This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man."[18]

A Total Disruption[edit]

Timoner is currently directing and producing a docu-series and web channel called A Total Disruption, an interactive video network for innovators and entrepreneurs that she describes as a "constantly releasing documentary". The channel documents the thought leaders and innovators from companies like Twitter, Reddit, and BitTorrent who are using technology to empower and educate.[19] The seed funds for the project were recently raised on Kickstarter at 150% of the goal.

Other Work[edit]

  • In 2000, Timoner created, produced and directed the original VH-1 series Sound Affects,[20] about music's effect at critical moments in people's lives.
  • Timoner completed the opening film for Bill Clinton's birthday celebration 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.
  • She has directed commercials and web series for McDonald's, State Farm, Ford, the United States Army and others, as well as two short films for Honda's "Dream the Impossible" series, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.
  • 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, and Library of Dust (short), a documentary about thousands of canisters of cremated remains found at the Oregon State Hospital.
  • She produces and hosts BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) for thelip.tv. BYOD is the only talk show in the world focused solely on documentaries with an archive of over 100 episodes in which Timoner interviews top documentary filmmakers about their work.


  • 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)


  1. ^ https://twitter.com/onditimoner/status/295926483166326785
  2. ^ "All these wonderful things: Sundance Film Festival". Edendale.typepad.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ "We Live in Public". MoMA. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.joinusthemovie.com/reviews.php Join Us (2007) reviews
  5. ^ "Cool It (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ O'Connell, Sean (2010-09-01). "TIFF Toronto Cool It Roadside Attractions". HollywoodNews.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  7. ^ Global Warming and Common Sense. New York Times, November 11, 2010
  8. ^ Kilday, Gregg (2012-01-12). "James Franco to Play Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in Tribeca-Backed Project". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  9. ^ http://realscreen.com/2013/04/29/hot-docs-13-ondi-timoner-talks-art-and-entrepreneurship/
  10. ^ Gachman, Dina (2013-01-10). Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/dinagachman/2013/01/10/are-entrepreneurs-the-rock-stars-of-today/ |url= missing title (help). 
  11. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/article/primer_and_dig_win_top_prizes_at_sundance_04
  12. ^ http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=129360
  13. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2005/06/27/dig_2005_review.shtml
  14. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=11231
  15. ^ "The greatest Web pioneer you've never heard of". CNN. 2009-03-03. 
  16. ^ "The greatest Web pioneer you've never heard of - CNN.com". CNN. March 3, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Sundance Film Festival". Festival.sundance.org. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  18. ^ http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/we-live-in-public-2009
  19. ^ http://realscreen.com/2013/04/29/hot-docs-13-ondi-timoner-talks-art-and-entrepreneurship/
  20. ^ "Brad Balfour: Q&A: Award-Winning Documentarian Ondi Timoner Rocks With We Live In Public". Huffingtonpost.com. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 

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