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, it has work permanently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, been nominated for a Grammy and has won a number of other film and cultural awards and commendations.
Founder and Director Ondi Timoner currently produces and hosts BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc), a weekly live talk show on thelip.tv that features leaders in documentary filmmaking through a retrospective of their work. The show has featured Les Blank, Joe Berlinger, Lucy Walker and many others, in special episodes filmed at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca, as well thelip.tv Beverly Hills studio.
Ondi is also currently directing and producing a web-channel called “A TOTAL DISRUPTION”, with multiple series about innovators and entrepreneurs who are using technology to transform our lives. The channel is an invitation to participate in her up-coming documentary of the same name. A TOTAL DISRUPTION the feature will pull the camera up to look at this tectonic revolution and how it is transforming our lives, economy, and where we’re headed from here through the eyes of the innovators heading this change.
Ondi has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 Sundance-winning doc, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre — and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about an Internet visionary, Josh Harris, who showed by example how willingly we will trade our privacy and eventually sanity in the virtual age– were both acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection. She also directed the socio-political feature documentaries, Join Us (2007), about the cult epidemic in America, and The Nature of the Beast (1994), a hard-hitting look at the US prison system through the double murder case of Bonnie Jean Foreshaw. Her short films include LIBRARY OF DUST (2011) – a story about thousands of cremated remains of patients discovered in a shed at the Oregon State Hospital, which premiered at SXSW in 2011 & won the Grand Jury Prize in Seattle Int’l FF, Taos FF, Miami FF, Traverse City FF; and RECYCLE (2006) which premiered at Sundance, and subsequently screened at Cannes and in schools worldwide. Timoner premiered her fifth feature-length documentary COOL IT – a film that blasts through the polarizing logjam of the climate change debate to bring a solid plan for solutions – at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. It was released theatrically through Roadside Attractions.
In any format, 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, produced and directed 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 such companies as McDonalds, State Farm, Ford, The Army, and others. She has directed films for CNN Heroes, and helmed the latest two 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 at the Hollywood Bowl in Oct ’11. Her film starred Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and the President, among others.
Having made dramatic documentaries with strong narratives (and witnessed many documentaries that fit this bill) Ondi likes to call her next directorial effort a “pre-scripted actor film.” Entitled MAPPLETHORPE, it tells the story of the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. 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. She has since written the draft that will be produced, and is planning to shoot the film in fall 2013.
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 various musical artists, record labels, and television and film studios such as TV Guide and 20th Century Fox. He got his start producing and distributing records, which included the likes of George Clinton, Cypress Hill, The Pharcyde, and DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit and House of Pain, and began his career in film by providing legal advice to director Ondi Timoner on numerous matters. 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 backthen 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 adocumentary about the musical legacy of the Carter / Cash Family, featuring Roseane Cash. David also works as an editor on Dancing With The Stars, and is developing two screenplays. He lives in Los Angeles withhis wife Kelly and his two children, Owen and Genevieve.