ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice – for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and BRAND: A SECOND COMING (2015). Her 10-hour nonfiction series about the building of “the world’s most sustainable town” JUNGLETOWN (2017), for Viceland was also critically-acclaimed.
MAPPLETHORPE is Timoner’s first scripted feature, starring Matt Smith – which she, wrote, directed, edited. The film premiered at the 2018 TriBeCa Film Festival, where it took home an Audience Award and was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Company for theatrical distribution.
Timoner’s most recent career achievement awards include: The Rogue Award (Ashland Film Festival, 2015), The No Limits Award (Sarasota Film Society, 2015), The Auteur Award (Kodak, 2017), and the Maverick Award (The Audience Awards, 2017).
Timoner also produced & hosted the digital series, BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) for thelip.tv, creating 300 episodes in which she interviews top documentary filmmakers.She is the Founder & CEA (Chief Creative Artist) of A TOTAL DISRUPTION, an online network dedicated to telling the stories of entrepreneurs & artists who use technology to innovate the way we live. Subjects include Amanda Palmer, Shepard Fairey, Russell Brand, Moby, Jack Dorsey, Kevin Systrom, Tony Hsieh etc.
Timoner has released two master classes for filmmakers, LEAN CONTENT & HOW TO MAKE A GREAT DOCUMENTARY (IN MY OPINION). In 2014, Ondi gave a popular TEDxKC talk entitled “When Genius and Insanity Hold Hands” about why she tells the stories of “impossible visionaries.”
Current projects include WeTalk, her national talk show celebrating the women shaping our culture across arts, entrepreneurship, government and technology; a feature-length documentary about the Opioid epidemic through the eyes of an artist; and a nature series for Disney Digital. She is executive producing several films and series.
Timoner is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the DGA, the PGA, the International Documentary Association, Women in Film & Film Fatales.