Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice – for her 2004 documentary, DIG! and WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (2009). Both films were acquired by MoMA, NY for their permanent collection. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and BRAND: A SECOND COMING (2015). In addition to documentaries, Ondi has also produced and directed music videos for The Dandy Warhols, The Vines, Paul Westerberg, Lucinda Williams, Vanessa Carlton, The Jonas Brothers, and Run DMC, among others. In 1999, Ondi was Grammy-nominated for Best Long Form Music Video for an EPK she directed about the band Fastball. In 2017, Ondi created and produced the critically-acclaimed 10-hour nonfiction series JUNGLETOWN about the building of “the world’s most sustainable town” for Viceland.
MAPPLETHORPE (2018) is Ondi’s first scripted feature, starring Matt Smith – which she co-wrote, directed, edited and produced through her production company, Interloper Films, premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival in 2018, where it won an Audience Award and was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn for theatrical distribution. MAPPLETHORPE has won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at nearly every festival in which it has screened worldwide. It was released March 1st 2019 in theaters across America.
Ondi has also produced & hosted BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) for thelip.tv, creating 300 episodes with top documentary filmmakers over five years. She is the Founder & CEO of A TOTAL DISRUPTION, an online network dedicated to telling the stories of entrepreneurs & artists who are using technology to innovate new ways to live. Subjects include Amanda Palmer, Shepard Fairey, Russell Brand, Moby, Jack Dorsey, Kevin Systrom, and Tony Hsieh. Ondi has released two master classes for filmmakers, “Lean Content” with Eric Ries & “How to Make a Great Documentary (In My Opinion).” In 2014, she gave a popular TEDxKC talk entitled “When Genius and Insanity Hold Hands” about why she tells the stories of “impossible visionaries.”
Ondi is currently completing a feature documentary about the Opioid epidemic through the eyes of those on the front lines of recovery – titled COMING CLEAN – and producing/hosting WeTalk, a traveling talk show about the women shaping our culture – taking #MeToo to #WeDo.
Timoner will help provide guidance and advice through our “See it Be It” Filmmaker Fellowship to filmmakers Amber McGinnis and Ursula Taherian, two of eight BFF Alumni Filmmakers selected to participate in the inaugural fellowship program.