Who We Are

INTERLOPER FILMS is an international award-winning full-service production company that develops and produces original feature length documentaries and cutting-edge web series.

Interloper Films has been recognized for its work with two Grand Jury Prizes for Documentary Features from the Sundance Film Festival. Its work has been permanently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC as well as nominated for a Grammy.

Ondi Timoner (Producer/Director) has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, DIG!, explores the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, examines how willingly we will trade our privacy in the virtual age through the social experiments of Internet visionary, Josh Harris. Both were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection. Her other features include The Nature of the Beast (1994), Join Us (2007), and COOL IT (2010).

Timoner’s newest feature doc BRAND: A Second Coming, following comedian/author/activist Russell Brand’s transformation from drug/sex/fame addict to unexpected political disruptor, premiered as the Opening Night film at SXSW 2015. BRAND has since won the No Limits Award from the Ashland Film Festival, and the Dramatic Storytelling in Documentary Award from the Sarasota Film Festival. It will have a US theatrical release in October 2015 through the Ignite Channel, a UK theatrical release through Metrodome, and an Australian Theatrical Release through Village Roadshow.

Ondi is the founder/CEA (Chief Executive Artist) of the award-winning production company, Interloper Films, and A TOTAL DISRUPTION, a network for entrepreneurs and artists documenting the top thought-leaders driving the greatest revolution in the history of mankind with technology.  ATD is best known for a distinguished series of theatrical shorts designed to empower artists to redefine the rules of engagement using digital technology: OBEY THE ARTIST follows world-renowned graphic artist, Shepard Fairey, and premiered at SXSW ‘14. AMANDA F—ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS about musician and Kickstarter record-breaker, Amanda Palmer, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and won BEST SHORT DOC at Sheffield Doc/Fest ‘14. RUSSELL BRANDS THE BIRD about comedian/actor, Russell Brand’s trip to Twitter HQ, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest ‘14. In 2014, Ondi delivered a popular TEDx talk, “When Genius and Insanity Hold Hands,” tracing the characteristics of the “impossible visionaries” she’s documented in hopes of unlocking the innovators inside all of us. AT SXSW 2015, Timoner unveiled a new short film THE LAST MILE (which A TOTAL DISRUPTION co-produced with WIRED) following a tech incubator founded inside San Quentin Prison, where inmates are learning to become entrepreneurs despite having no access to the internet or computers.

Ondi produces and hosts BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) for thelip.tv, the only documentary talk show in the world, with over 200 episodes covering more than 300 of the greatest films in studio and over 25 festivals since 2011.

Ondi loves to use her camera as a bridge to bring herself and the audience deep into worlds they may never otherwise enter. In 2000, Timoner created the original VH-1 series Sound Affects, about music’s effect at critical moments in people’s lives.  She has directed commercials and web series for McDonalds, State Farm, Ford, The Army, and others.  She has directed films for CNN Heroes, and helmed short films for Honda’s Dream the Impossible series, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  She directed the opening film for President Clinton’s birthday/fundraiser concert featuring Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and the President himself at the Hollywood Bowl.

Having made dramatic documentaries with strong narratives, Timoner optioned a screenplay about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe for her first “pre-scripted actor film” entitled MAPPLETHORPE. She teamed up with Eliza Dushku in 2009 to produce the film. Timoner took the project through the Sundance Directors, Screenwriters and Producers Labs, and was invited into the Tribeca All-Access Program – receiving grants from both Sundance and Tribeca to develop MAPPLETHORPE, set to shoot in 2014.

She is a member of the the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. She has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America since 2006, where she serves as an Alternate Board Member.

In 2014, Ondi gave a talk at TEDxKC entitled “When genius and insanity hold hands”

Vladimir Radovanov (Executive Producer/Legal Counsel) is an entrepreneur and entertainment attorney (a UCLA Law School graduate) with fifteen years of business and artist development experience in both music and film. Throughout his career, Vlad has represented numerous clients in the entertainment industry including TV Guide and 20th Century Fox. He got his start producing and distributing records for George Clinton, Cypress Hill, The Pharcyde, and DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit and House of Pain. In 2008, Vlad executive produced and served as legal counsel for We Live In Public, winner of the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. In addition to his legal career, Vlad owns and serves a co-president of Cobra Music (www.cobramusicco.com) whose roster of artists include Urge Overkill, Black President, Suffrajett and Telephone.

A Grammy-nominated producer, David Timoner specializes in editing and producing music-related documentaries. After graduating from Yale in 1996, where he began making films and writing screenplays, David moved to Los Angeles where he and his sister Ondi co-founded the company Interloper and began shooting DIG! shortly thereafter. Though there wasn’t much distinction back then between living the rocker lifestyle and working at Interloper, they were successful at producing several music-related projects, including the Grammy-nominated piece, They Wanted the Highway, featuring the band Fastball. In 2001, David edited another Grammy nominated documentary, Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly. Currently working on a documentary about the musical legacy of the Carter / Cash Family, featuring Roseanne Cash. David also works as an editor on Dancing With The Stars, and is developing two screenplays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kelly and his two children, Owen and Genevieve.


 

Additional Team

Brooke Mueller – Production Coordinator
Mike Russell – Editor
Cullen Parr – Motion Graphics Designer
Nick Corcorran – Associate Producer