Ondi Timoner is a documentarian, but that doesn’t cover the half of it. Her most recent film, “Brand: A Second Coming,” sufficiently unnerved its subject, Russell Brand, that he canceled his trip to SXSW, where the film made its world premiere. (The film will be released by Ignite Entertainment later this year.)
And that’s just her day job.
There’s also A Total Disruption, which features hundreds of webisode interviews with entrepreneurs and thought leaders. That’s not to be confused with BYOD, her online talk show that features hundreds of her fellow documentary filmmakers. She’s also launching “Lean Content,“ an online course that takes the lean startup model to content creators.
On this episode of the Indiewire Influencers podcast, we sit down with Ondi as she explains how she works with “impossible visionaries” and gives us the backstory of the power struggles behind “Brand.”
“They have to have some level of ego and a difficult nature,” she said of her subjects. “I love that. Telling those stories… I’m not just a fly on the wall. I have way too strong a personality to just be a fly on the wall. I mean, who am I kidding.”
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