Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The 1922 Historic Egyptian Theatre Debuts Live Hi-Tech Hook Up with the Filmmakers of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC & Audiences in 6 Cities

The American Cinematheque's 87-year old Egyptian Theatre, has been around long enough to witness a whole lot of new-fangled technology come into play - from the advent of the "Talkies" (Sound Movies), to Technicolor, Television, Answering & ATM Machines, the 8-Track Tape, the Beta-Max, Computers, Cell Phones, Digital Cameras, E-mail and of course, the Internet. Back in the day, Hollywood was a hub for live broadcasting from premieres and ballrooms. People around the country lived vicariously through news reports from glamorous places they had never been. Now, we can have a 6-way dialog with information coming in and going out to create an interactive discussion across the miles...

We could not be more excited to announce that we are part of the WE LIVE IN PUBL
IC six city screening and interactive discussion on Monday, March 1 at 6:00 PM. It's an internet date you don't want to miss. We will be debuting our new hi-tech hook-up that enables us to broadcast thrilling events at the Egyptian to other places in the world (and check out what audiences elsewhere are doing).

Following a screening of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (90 min.) we will connect with five
other audiences in theatres around the country, the film's director Ondi Timoner and the subject of her documentary - the "Warhol of the Web" himself, Josh Harris and fans on the internet for a fully interactive discussion on what it means to "live in public" online in the 21st Century. The early start time is dictated by the time difference in cities in other time zones, so even if you can't make the screening, we hope you will join us for the 7:30 PM discussion hosted in person by actress Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”).

Here is some information about the film itself:
Sundance Grand Jury Documentary Prize Winner
# "4 STARS!… This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man. "
—Roger Eb
ert, Chicago Sun-Times
WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, 2009, 90 min., Interloper Films. Ten years in the making and culled from 5000 hours of footage, the film reveals the effect the web has on our society, as seen through the eyes of the “Warhol of the Web” aka “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of”, artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris. Through his experiments, including a six-month stint living with his girlfriend under 24-hour electronic surveillance which led to his mental collapse, Harris demonstrated the price we pay for living in public. Award-winning director Ondi Timoner (DIG! – which also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2004 – making Timoner the only director to win that prestigious award twice) documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.

Following the screenings, which will play simultaneously in Vancouver, LA, Denver, Ch
icago, New York & Atlanta, director Ondi Timoner & Josh Harris will link up with Los Angeles event host Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and NY event host Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”) and all the audiences nationwide in theaters and online will have a live, interactive conversation about living in public.

See a trailer

Roger Ebert Review
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