ONDI TIMONER - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Ondi Timoner is a critically acclaimed and internationally-recognized talent. In 2009, she became the only director in history to win the Sundance Grand Jury Prize twice, when WE LIVE IN PUBLIC won the top prize, which her company Interloper Films is currently self-distributing theatrically in partnership with Abramorama. Among other honors, she has received a Grammy nomination for her long-form music video “They Wanted the Highway” for the band Fastball in 1998, and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for her documentary DIG! in 2004, a film she financed, produced, directed, and edited.
DIG! is the much talked about feature-length documentary about musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of the Dandy Warhols, star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. DIG! explores the collision of art and commerce, success and failure, and mental illness through the lives of these two bands over seven years. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, created over ten years and culled from 5000 hours, documents the fascistic, surveillance-heavy social experiments of Internet pioneer and Orwellian visionary, Josh Harris. This prescient cautionary tale portends a future where we willingly trade our privacy for connection and recognition, and reveals the price we pay for living in public. The Museum of Modern Art in NYC has acquired both DIG! and WE LIVE IN PUBLIC for the permanent collection, a rare honor.
Ondi graduated cum laude from Yale University and founded Interloper Films in 1994. At Interloper, she filmed the documentaries Voices From Inside Time about incarcerated women in Connecticut (winner of the Yale Film Prize), and later, The Nature of the Beast, about one woman's heroic journey through the criminal justice system (winner of the Bettina Russel Grand Jury Prize in Canada and The National Society for Visual Anthropology Commendation), which aired on PBS. She later went on to shoot Dam Nation, about the oldest living civilization of sub-Saharan Africa threatened by a WTO dam.
Her short film, "Recycle," was Winner at the ICG Awards, and presented at Sundance, Cannes, London, and Silverdocs. Ondi created and directed for broadcast television the original series Sound Affects, then the highest-rated pilot in VH1’s history, and ABC's highly successful Switched. Ondi has directed commercials for such companies as McDonalds, State Farm, the Army and Ford, which have helped her to independently finance her passion projects, DIG! and JOIN US, a feature-length intimate verité journey into the hearts and minds of four families over two years who are trying to break free of one of the 5000 cults in America. The film not only takes the viewer into the inner workings of the only accredited live-in cult treatment center in the world, but also features in-depth interviews with the cult leader himself. The result is a compelling story about the insidious and widespread epidemic of mind control in the United States.
Whether it’s rock music, religious cults, or the virtual world of the Internet, Ondi takes the viewer deep into worlds they would never otherwise explore. Her iconoclastic work is noteworthy for telling stories that unfold over time with incredible access and emotional depth. Ondi Timoner's passion for the underdog is equaled only by her passion for music. Through Interloper she has made music videos and music documentaries for The Dandy Warhols, The Vines, Paul Westerberg, Lucinda Williams, Vanessa Carlton, The Jonas Brothers, and DMC, among others. The soundtracks for her feature-length films JOIN US and WE LIVE IN PUBLIC reflect the way she uses music to help create compelling, emotional and visceral experiences.
In March 2008, Ondi traveled to Ethiopia to shoot THE GREATEST GIFT, a short film for the non-profit organization, One Love Africa Schools. In October, Ondi returned to Africa, traveling to Ethiopia and Senegal, where she directed/produced two shorts for the prestigious annual show CNN: HEROES.
On the narrative end, Interloper Films and Boston Diva have teamed up to develop The Perfect Moment, about the powerfully controversial life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe, which Ondi is set to direct. She currently is directing COOL IT, a documentary about the economic and social issues and potential solutions to balancing climate change and the overwhelming, solvable human needs of our planet at this crucial tipping point.
VASCO LUCAS NUNES - PRODUCER
Vasco Lucas Nunes was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and began working in the film and television industry in the early '90s. He has worked extensively in media production in five continents while living in Europe and the US.
His early experience in television and film included producing and editing for CNN, and R&D for Dedo Weigert Film in Munich, winner of two technical achievement awards by the Academy. In Los Angeles he completed a masters in cinematography at the American Film Institute as a grantee from the Gulbenkian Arts Foundation in Lisbon.
His work as a cinematographer has spanned from music videos and national commercial campaigns, the documentation of the Rebirth of Lollapalooza for the last 2 years, several TV series - such as Nimrod Nation for the Sundance Channel - the recently Tribeca Premiered multicontinental documentary of contemporary break dancing Planet B Boy, an ongoing directorial project with Lyle Lovett, and several other documentary projects, the latest of which is Join Us. Vasco joined Interloper Films as a partner between 2004 and 2007. Vasco now owns Lusitan, a media company that has put out Recycle, Join Us in partnership with Interloper Films, and is producing the documentation of Lyle Lovett.s latest album.
His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, has garnered international cinematography awards, a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and film selections at numerous festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and London.
He is a member of the AIP (Portuguese Cinematographer's Association), IMAGO (European Association of Cinematographers), and the IATSE.s Cinematographers Guild.
JARED TOBMAN - PRODUCER
Jared Tobman is presently the Senior Vice President of Production at Reveille, a leading independent production company.
Jared's first producing job was as a field producer for Paramount Television's syndicated adventure series, "Wild Things," which profiled people who work with wildlife in the world's most remote locations. He produced shoots in Indonesia, South Africa, India and Nepal. Jared then served as a producer of the first 2 seasons of CBS' Emmy award-winning "The Amazing Race." Jared produced episodes of "The Amazing Race" in New York, Tunisia, India, Alaska, South Africa, and Australia. Thereafter, he was Supervising Producer of ABC's "Profiles from the Front Line," a documentary series created by Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster, which profiled soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf. In 2003, Jared was Co-Executive Producer of ABC Family's daytime and primetime series "Switched!" which gave teenagers an opportunity to walk a mile in another teen.s. shoes. In 2004, he served as Co-Executive Producer of Showtime's "American Candidate," a simulated presidential campaign created by RJ Cutler. Most recently, he Executive Produced a documentary pilot for NBC on the country.s best private investigators and a pilot for Bravo about people rolling dice to explore life.s untried possibilities.
Jared is a native of Montreal, Canada, and he is a graduate of Princeton University. He currently lives with his wife Johanna and his sons Miles and Theo in Santa Monica, California.
TIM RUSH - EDITOR/CO-PRODUCER
Tim Rush makes a career of refusing to define himself or to decide upon a single occupation. As part of the Interloper/Lusitan team, he has served as producer, graphic designer, motion graphics artist and editor. His life's goal is simply to do what he loves and to work with those from whom he can learn.
He lives in Los Angeles.