~JOSH HARRIS/ONDI TIMONER/WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – A HUGE FRIGGIN’ HIT !! !!
. . . NYC can finally see – the FILM – that’s been taking the rest of the country by STORM !!
YEP – look out !! NYC !! – JOSH HARRIS IS BACK !!
JOSH HARRIS – IN THE TRANSPARENT SHOWER – AT QUIET !!
IN THE – ONDI TIMONER DIRECTED DOCUMENTARY – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – ‘THE STORY OF JOSH HARRIS’ – THE FILM THAT WON THE GRAND JURY AWARD – DOCUMENTARY – AT THIS YEAR’S 2009 SUNDANCE FESTIVAL !!
THE FIRST TIME IN THE FESTIVAL’S HISTORY – THAT A DIRECTOR HAS E-V-E-R BEEN AWARDED BEST DOCUMENTARY TWICE !! – ONDI TIMONER HAVING WON PREVIOUSLY WITH – ‘DIG!’ HER STORY OF THE DANDY WARHOLS & THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – in 2004 !!
see: artlovers/4-24-08 !!
JOSH and ONDI ARE STILL DOWN AT THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL – THE HOTTEST OF THE HOTTEST – WHERE THE FILM IS BEING EMBRACED BY ALL THE FILM FANS & WEB GEEKS !! JOSH IS IN FACT BECOMING SOMETHING OF A, FORGET UNDERGROUND !! – MAINSTREAM – CULT FIGURE !!
THINGS ARE SO HOT FOR THEM DOWN IN TEXAS – THEY HAVEN’T EVEN – MADE IT UP TO NYC !! – YET !! – WHERE – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – IS NOW PLAYING TO NYC AUDIENCES !! HAVING ITS NYC PREMIERE IN THE MOMA & LINCOLN CENTER – ND/NF 2009 – NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS SERIES !!
and straight outta the box – they scored a huge rave review in the VILLAGE VOICE – MARCH 25-31, 2009 !!
TITLED, ‘THE VOYEUR’ – and penned by JOHN ANDERSON – its just the tip of the iceberg for JOSH & ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – YES !! JOSH IS BACK !!!
and by the way, JOHN ANDERSON – take note – that’s: LUVVY – not “Luvvie” !!
more to come.
and yep !! that is ME !! in the film – I’m the fighter girl !! – who got kicked out !! – but I also got a nice last word – CAMEO – at the end – I’m the FAR-LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE – SEER – IN THE BLACK HOODIE !! WHO SETS JOSH AFLOAT IN A BOAT – ON THE SEAS – FOREVER – !! YEAH JOSH !! YEAH ONDI !!
and F*CK, I MEAN – FRIG !! – all the rest of you losers & wannabes – you KNOW who you are !! – I’ve seen it all !! been there, done that !!
and it was the real thing – the first time around – !! – and, on a million dollar budget !! so, crunch that !!
you know what they say – once a fighter girl – always a fighter girl !!
UP-DATE: FRIDAY – MARCH 27, 2009/10:36AM
FILE UNDER: ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – THE UNTOLD STORY !!
the thing is, . . . . well, no offense JOHN ANDERSON of the VOICE – you wrote a great review – but you missed one very big part !! It’s not just that JOSH was a web guru – he could also call talent !! as in A-R-T talent !! He also has an incredible innate aesthetic sense. what do you think gives the juice to this movie – if not the visuals !! who do you think made that PLASTIC BUBBLE WRAP DINING ROOM – a lowly web tech keyboard pusher ? NO !! NO !! NOT. it was an artist, a young unknown underground downtown NYC artist – name of OWEN BUSH !!
Josh got it right. right off the starter’s pistol – v-i-s-u-a-l-s – rule the web – not just text !!
why do you think that ALANNA HEISS, founder of P.S 1 – is in there like a dirty shirt, or more times than I could keep track off – raving, absolutely raving about ‘QUIET’ !! – as the absolute best ART PARTY she’d ever been to – and, “I’ve seen them all” !! get that, John ? – art party – not tech party !!
yo. dude – it was the artists – !! – Josh knew how to pick em and keep em – and pay em !! right off the top of his head – like other people breathe !! and the more hard-core, wild, and commercially unrecognized – the better !!
just for fun, here’s some numbers: don’t know what Owen got to do the DINING ROOM – but he had a big enough budget to hire a 4 star chef to feed over 90 people, 2 sit-down gourmet meals a day, for more than 2 weeks !! ALFREDO MARTINEZ got $60,000+ to build his shooting gallery, and ALEX ARCADIA got over $80,000 to build his meditation temple which covered – a professional architect/consultant, down to the the large-sized goldfish that swam in a moat around it, and a custom speaker system for his piped-in music !!
HA HA !! ARTISTS AT P-L-A-Y !!! IN THE DOT-COM G-L-O-R-Y DAYS !!
‘QUIET’ – the MILLENNIUM PARTY THAT KICKS OFF THE DOCUMENTARY – Josh’s 24/7 reality-show on steroids & non-stop surveillance was focused – not on – a fish tank of class D BRETT MICHAELS-like skanks, though let me tell ya – there were some of those too, – – yo – – hell no, it was – downtown NYC artists all the way.
ok. a little backtrack to Mr. Anderson’s article.
2nd paragraph, first sentence: “So: We Live In Public is about a bunker, a loft, an apple farm, and a guy named Josh Harris, who in 1999, took a few of his dot-com millions and established an underground community in a basement on lower Broadway – replete with 110 video cameras, 24-hour surveillance, a shooting range, interrogations, and a community group of 100 “artists” [his italics !!] who proceeded to display what people do under stressed-out, fishbowl conditions.”
yo, and remind me the next time I refer to the people at the Village Voice who scribble away over there – as quote unquote “writers” !!
dude – these were bonafide artists, all of them. and Josh just rock n’ rolled the hell out of them. that’s why the story is so good. its not college town Facebook USA – its downtown dirty NYC LOU REED wild child artists – who tore that scene to pieces.
TAKE ONE: THE SHOOTING GALLERY – ALFREDO MARTINEZ !!
TAKE TWO: THE POD HOTEL – JEFF GOMPERTZ !!
TAKE THREE: THE MEDITATION TEMPLE – ALEX ARCADIA !!
TAKE FOUR: THE SILK-SCREENED UNIFORM EMBELLISHMENTS – MARK ENGER of EXPLODING SKY !!
TAKE FIVE: THE BUBBLE DINING ROOM & 4 STAR FOOD – OWEN BUSH !!
TAKE SIX: THE LIVE-IN ARTIST AS OPPOSED TO GALLERY CONCEPT & QUILTS – NANCY SMITH !!
TAKE SEVEN: THE CUTTING EDGE VIDEO STUNTS ETC – FEEDBUCK and MISSY GALORE !!
TAKE EIGHT: THE VAMPIRE PARTIES – JUDGECAL !!
TAKE NINE: THE TOXIC ROOM – AIDAS BAREIKIS and AARON BREWER !!
TAKE TEN: THE YOUNG ‘NAZI’ , oops CONTROL FREAK/CURATOR: LEO KOENIG !!
TAKE ELEVEN: THE ‘NAZI’ POLICEMAN – ZEROBOY !!
TAKE TWELVE: THE INQUISITOR – MICHAEL ASHKIN !!
TAKE THIRTEEN: THE BAND THAT MARCHED NAKED ACROSS THE COMMUNAL DINING ROOM TABLE – AS YOU ATE – UPRIGHT CITIZEN’S BAND
TAKE FOURTEEN: PHOTO DOCUMENTATION – DONNA FERRARO – see some of her photos & a small gang reunion – here !!
TAKE THIRTEEN TO A ZILLION – THE LIVE & VERY IN-YOUR-FACE PERFORMANCE ARTISTS – INCL. MICHAEL PORTNOY, PATRICK MANGINA & JOSH, AS HIMSELF and as LUVVY !!
and, NOT TO FORGET:
THE OPENING SHOOTING GALLERY SET/BASEMENT & SEX COMPETITION INSTALLATION – DAVID LESLIE !!
THE HI-TECH COMPANY – THAT DESIGNED THE TRANSPARENT SHOWER !!
ALL THE SKANKS & GROUPIES, AS WELL AS A FEW PROFESSIONALS !!
THE STEALING – JANITOR !! what was his name ?
ONDIE & HER FILM CREW !! They were pervasive !!
THE GUY WHO DESIGNED THE CREW UNIFORMS – GRAY SHIRTS, ORANGE PANTS.
THE GUY WHO WIRED THE PLACE – his name is in the film – LEO !!
THE TRUST FUND BABY – WHO PISSED ME OFF – NAMELESS – NOW SAID TO BE DELIVERING PIZZAS !!
THE DINING ROOM PLACE NAME SETTER – WHO PISSED EVERYBODY OFF – BROOKE
THE HOTEL BELLMAN – JAMES FUENTES
it goes on … like I said, Josh could call ’em !!
and yeah – the 11 yr. old kid with the assault guns !! – that’s THEO !!
he stood for the future – get it – MILLENNIUM PARTY – got have a kid on board !!
plus his mom wanted him to know how to shoot – you know: in case of a SCHOOL WIPE-OUT – COLUMBINE had just made news – and, Josh agreed – the good guys also h-a-v-e to know – how to shoot.
ok. yeah, so THEO’s my kid and he turned out pretty alright !!
if you were there and I left out your name – just drop a line and I’ll add it.
. . . can’t resist one more flashback !! one of my assignments – JOSH used hand me $2,000 in cold hard cash, on a regular basis – to hand out to any young kid or artist I saw really getting into the place, hanging with the in-house crew & artists, asking questions – becoming one with the flow – and, a few years later, while covering an opening – I actually meet one of them !! he came up to me and said: I remember you – you gave me $200 bucks – at QUIET !! I mean – I guess ultimately – Josh set me on on my current path. underground talent scout. on the web. with visuals. and real time subtitles.
– so, you can friggin blame artlovers – on him !! and the little, now becoming well-known glitch, or so I hope – fact is – I got a little spoiled back in the DAY – ya know !! – I like to get paid for putting out the juice – that would otherwise go right over the heads of all the other “writers” in this town !! Blame JOSH.
I also got paid in the 5, yo FIVE figures, too. and that was just for one week. oh the dot-com days. no wonder they are a-becoming legend.
it was such a juiced-up scene. like Josh would say – “the deal is” – no one has ever come close. street art NYC 2009? I spit on you. we were 90+ renegade artists and we were funded to the hilt. performers gone wild. CAMERAS. ACTION. BUILT-IN CONFLICT. RIVALRY. TURF WARS. free-flowing open bars with DJ’s at nite. 24/7 public access. downtown kids, voyeurs, tech freaks in the control rooms, professional CIA break-down coaches, paid hookers, FEMA SUITS and VAMPIRES. you could even get those snap-on fangs custom made on one floor. – yo, Mr. JOHN ANDERSON – of the VILLAGE VOICE – it was not just a basement on lower Broadway – it was a basement, and – the full floors of a 4 story schmatta warehouse – next door. It wasn’t just an “underground” community cause it was in a basement – it was the whole friggin underground NYC art scene !! and once you were in – you could not leave – if you wanted to stay – the one and only rule !!
dot-com baby – JOSH HARRIS made it happen. ONDI caught it & threw right back – up, and, at ya. RIGHT BETWEEN THE FACEBOOK – and – REALITY SHOW – EYES !!
see: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC/WINS AT SUNDANCE – with link to the OFFICIAL TRAILER !!
and the earlier, more raw !! RADAR VIMEO CLIP !!
note: The RADAR VIMEO CLIP is no longer up on the RADAR site. too bad !!
yo, you better run jump & buy your tickets – the closing party NYC PREMIERE of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC screens on SUNDAY APRIL 5 at MOMA – right away – !! they are gonna sell-out – FAST. no doubt.