GRAVITAS VENTURES and INDIEPIX Acquire VOD and DVD Rights for ONDI TIMONER'S WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, Grand Jury Prize Winner, Sundance 2009

March 1 VOD and March 2 DVD Releases Kick Off With Multi-City Simulcast Event

Jan 22, 2010, 12:00 ET from Gravitas Ventures

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Gravitas Ventures and IndiePix announced that the March 1st, 2010, release of director Ondi Timoner's WE LIVE IN PUBLIC into tens of millions of homes on VOD and across digital platforms will be accompanied by a four city simultaneous theatrical event that will utilize the very technology the award winning documentary explores.  After its digital debut, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC will have its national DVD release March 2 through New York-based independent distributor IndiePix.

Ten years in the making and culled from 5000 hours of footage, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Documentary winner reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of "the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of", artist, futurist and visionary -- Josh Harris. 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. Ondi will be returning to the Sundance Film Festival this year as a juror for the U.S. Documentary Jury and will be available for interviews as her schedule permits. Contact: Alanna Raben at 212-684-2333 ext. 305,, or Adam Rieders at 626-296-0068, to set up interviews.

The March 1, 2010 Multi-City Simulcast Event is a natural trail-blazing conclusion to what has been an aggressive 2009 festival tour, online campaign, and 15-city theatrical run. The excitement generated by Timoner's Interloper Films efforts in self-distributing WE LIVE IN PUBLIC over the last year has already caused five major cities in the US and Canada to sign on to participating in this ground-breaking March 1st event. These include Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, New York, NY and Vancouver, BC - where a simultaneous screening of the film will take place followed by an interactive Q&A with Timoner and Harris from a performance space in Chicago.  Distribution company, IndiePix, will host the New York screening. Each of the participating cities will be linked via a live webcast, with attendees able to participate in the live Q&A in theater and online audiences able to participate via Twitter.  Celebrities are scheduled to participate from their home computers and webcams, and the event will include live performance pods, including fire throwers, trapeze artists and celebrity DJs that will continue the live webcast following the Q&A. The multi-city simulcast event will be webcast live on, where the film is currently available for pre-order with a 15% discount prior to the DVD release.

"In an increasingly on demand world, Gravitas Ventures is proud to help bring WE LIVE IN PUBLIC into tens of millions of homes," said Nolan Gallagher, founder and CEO. "We always like to work with savvy and entrepreneurial filmmaking teams interested in exploring theatrical and nationwide VOD campaigns."

"We are pleased to be part of this international launch and happy to work with this distinguished filmmaker in such an innovative, groundbreaking release campaign," added Bob Alexander, president of IndiePix. "All our resources are applied to bringing this special film to those who are already interested and those who should be."

For more information on the debut events, interactive Q & A and the film, please visit Contact: Alanna Raben at 212-684-2333,, or Adam Rieders at 626-296-0068,

About Ondi

Ondi Timoner is the only filmmaker in history to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her most recent winner, the documentary WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (2009), has been acquired into the permanent collection of the MOMA/NYC, joining her critically-acclaimed 2004 Sundance-winning doc, DIG!  Ondi feels fortunate to be able travel deep into worlds, which, without a camera, she could never otherwise enter, and to be able to share what she finds there with a completely independent vision through her company, Interloper Films. She has also completed the award-winning socio-political feature films THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994) and JOIN US (2007), and a short film, RECYCLE, which premiered at Sundance in 2006, continuing on to Cannes and schools worldwide. She is now shooting COOL IT, a documentary about the hysteria surrounding the climate change industry and its impact in preventing practical and effective solutions from being developed. Ondi is also set to direct a scripted film about Robert Mapplethorpe, which Timoner's Interloper Films and Eliza Dushku's Boston Diva are producing.

About Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures is an industry leader in the aggregation of entertainment content for worldwide distribution via established and evolving platforms in the Video On Demand (VOD), broadband, mobile and airline/hospitality viewing windows.  The company releases over 300 films annually in cable VOD and offers thousands of hours of quality entertainment content including feature films, documentaries, animation, alternative sports, wrestling/mixed martial arts, comedy, and music concert programming.  Gravitas' acquisitions include: Lance Hammer's Ballast (Sundance), Anat Baron's Beer Wars, Stacy Peralta's Crips and Bloods Made in America (Sundance), Jay Jonroy's David and Layla (Cannes), Kate Churchill's Enlightened Up!, Ryan Little's Forever Strong, Marianna Palka's Good Dick (Sundance), Kevin Rafferty's Harvard Beats Yale: 29-29, Deborah Kampmeier's Hounddog (Sundance), Georgina Riedel's How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (Sundance), Benson Lee's Planet B-Boy (Tribeca), Stephanie Soechtig's Tapped, Michael Keaton's The Merry Gentleman (Sundance), and Robert VanAlkemade's What Would Jesus Buy? (SXSW). Gravitas Ventures' mission is to deliver your ideas to the digital market, bridging the gap between independent producers and cable, satellite, telco and online opportunities.

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About IndiePix

IndiePix is a New York-based distributor that delivers a highly-curated collection of the best Independent Films from around the world. Offering a hand-picked catalog of over 3,500 independent film gems - art-house, foreign, and documentary – the IndiePix team selects the best titles from the international festival circuit. Avenues for distribution include event driven public exhibition, domestic and international broadcast licensing, and major Internet and cable digital channels. IndiePix's proprietary distribution includes its patented Download-to-Own technology, its partnership with Streamami for its industry leading On-Demand streaming hi-resolution full screen presentations, and its proprietary retail sales and marketing capability.

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