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We Live in Public

Directed by Ondi Timoner (Mongrel)

The 1990s were a strange time, kids. People were dying the tips of their hair platinum, Y2K was looming and everybody was trying to figure out what to do with this thing called "the internet." We Live in Public is about Josh Harris, who pioneered various websites and art projects, was rich and sort-of famous for a brief period, went a little nutty and then lost everything. The title comes from a website of the same name that live-streamed the lives of Josh and his girlfriend for a year, 24 hours a day. The doc demonstrates the potential and the potential destructive power of the internet, of exhibitionism and voyeurism, and of a man ahead of his time, in a way that doesn't leave you feeling too good about what's to come. Both compelling and frightening, Timoner's doc makes you either want to delete your Facebook account or start live-streaming your showers. Your call.

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