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3 September 2010 (Norway) See more »
A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A Fascinating Film about a Peculiar Internet Pioneer See more (8 total) »


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Directed by
Ondi Timoner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ondi Timoner  writer

Produced by
Keirda Bahruth .... producer
John Battsek .... executive producer
Jeff Frey .... co-producer
Meagan Keane .... associate producer
Merritt Lear .... associate producer
Sean McKeough .... executive producer
Vasco Nunes .... co-producer
Vladimir Radovanov .... executive producer
Edward Salzano .... associate producer
Ondi Timoner .... producer
Austin Wilkin .... associate producer
Original Music by
Marco D'Ambrosio (co-composer)
Ben Decter 
Film Editing by
Joshua Altman 
David Timoner (addtional editing)
Ondi Timoner 
Production Management
M. Elizabeth Hughes .... production manager
Scott Pourroy .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Rick Ballard .... voiceover recording
Wade Barnett .... supervising sound editor
James Berek .... sound mixer
Michael Farkas .... sound effects editor
Steve Hollenbeck .... sound re-recording mixer
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Mark Patino .... sound mixer
Jon Tendrich .... sound mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Wyatt Tuzo .... sound mixer (multiple segments)
David Louis Zuckerman .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
J.S. Hart .... visual effects producer
James Hart .... visual effects producer
Richard Hirst .... digital compositor
Wolfgang Maschin .... inferno artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Max Heller .... camera operator
Lincoln Lewis .... additional camera operator
Vasco Nunes .... camera operator
Ondi Timoner .... camera operator
Juan Gabriel Perez Arjona .... "b" camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Scott Marvel .... mosaic graphic animation
Lindsay Zimmerman .... mosaic graphic animation
Editorial Department
Kassi Crews .... post-production coordinator
Tchavdar Georgiev .... additional editor
Aaron M. Green .... assistant editor
Jed Lackritz .... second assistant editor
Merritt Lear .... first assistant editor
Laura Madalinski .... assistant editor
Eric Pritchard .... first assistant editor
Mel Rodriguez III .... additional editing (as Mel Rodriguez)
Anton Salaks .... first assistant editor
Sandra Valdivieso .... second assistant editor
Christopher Makoto Yogi .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Terri D'Ambrosio .... score supervisor
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Scott Johnson .... music editor
Other crew
Ryan Bowles .... production coordinator
Jordan Graham .... office coordinator
Caiti Hawkins .... researcher
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Kristin Lesko .... archival consultant
Christin Mizelle .... production coordinator
Justin Okin .... production assistant
Amanda Phillips .... production coordinator
Lauren Ro .... office coordinator
Christina Sahakian .... production coordinator
Sandra Valdivieso .... researcher
Rick Ballard .... special thanks
Jonathan Becker .... special thanks
David H. Brooks .... special thanks
Joshua Greenberg .... special thanks
Allison Asay Sowers .... special thanks
Anthony Tambakis .... special thanks

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Josh Harris:Lions and tigers used to be kings of the jungle and then one day they wound up in zoos - I suspect we're on the same track.See more »
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Fascinating Film about a Peculiar Internet Pioneer, 18 March 2009
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

This film was shown at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX after winning the grand jury prize at Sundance. It was well received in Austin as well. It is a fascinating look at the early days of the Internet through the biography of one its pioneers Josh Harris. The film is well-done in a technical sense and fascinating ride, but I'm not sure if it ever figures out if it's a history of an industry, a study of the social impact of Internet, or a biopic about the peculiar mad scientist, John Harris. It tries to be all of these things and thus perhaps undermines its own ability to completely succeed at any of them.

The film is informative in filling in some of the early history and Harris's key role with the mostly forgotten 1990s pioneering ventures of Jupiter Communications and But Harris seems to move away from his role as a computer nerd and begins to evolve into a dysfunctional performance artist who seems to want to demonstrate that the Internet will break down all remnants of human privacy. The film maker seems to want emphasize his visionary qualities in which he is predictive of today's MySpace and Facebook culture.

However, this reviewer doesn't find his bunker experiment or his living in public online to be particularly insightful or predictive. The whole concept was more-or-less foreshadowed in Jim Carrey's Truman Show in the 1990s. Nor is it particularly predictive. Harris was creating venues in which people were forced to live in public in front of cameras with predictably unhealthy and destructive results. Today, we choose voluntarily how much of our lives to allow the public – and really only our chosen friends – to view online. The difference between everyone's lives being on display and allowing our friends to see limited glimpses of our lives is vast. Harris seems like a tragic and self-destructive figure, who is constantly rewriting his own experiences in his own mind. He is estranged from his family and unable to establish and maintain intimate relationships.

In the end, he seems to have stranded himself on his own Gilligan's Island (with which he is obsessed). He is either a clown (another one of his characters) or simply a reclusive madman. The film provides an intriguing picture of an internet pioneer who went off the deep end, but I'm not sure if it achieves its goal of truly using Josh's experiences to critique the virtual world that he played a key early role in helping construct. The virtual world, for all its flaws, is not the world of total public voyeurism that Josh imagined it would become.

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