Filmmaker Ondi Timoner says we're the stars of her 2009 documentary "We Live in Public."

Filmmaker Ondi Timoner says we're the stars of her 2009 documentary "We Live in Public."

"It's a horror movie starring us," Timoner says during a telephone interview. "The film explores the desire people have to make their lives matter and what they'll sacrifice to make that happen."

"We Live in Public" is one of 94 documentaries, feature films and shorts slated for the 11th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival set for Thursday through Monday, April 12-16, at the Varsity Theatre. Programs also are set for the Historic Ashland Armory and Ashland Springs Hotel.

Timoner's documentary explores the darker effects the Web has on personal identity with a look at Internet pioneer Josh Harris, a '90s dot-com millionaire who created fascist-themed social experiments that eventually led to his financial downfall. Harris' art projects, "Quiet: We Live in Public," which placed human volunteers in a bunker under New York City, with webcams capturing every detail of their lives, and weliveinpublic.com, a 24-hour Internet surveillance of Harris and his girlfriend living at home, were taped by Timoner for her 88-minute "We Live in Public." The film won best documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, making Timoner a two-time winner. "Dig!" her seven-year chronicle of two bands, illustrating the collision of art and commerce, won best documentary in 2004.

"Harris wanted to show us how social interaction and the chance at fame at our fingertips would affect our behavior," Timoner said during an interview with Sundance Film Festival in 2009. "He was saying that everyone wants attention and recognition and that they will sacrifice privacy for that attention."

A discussion with Timoner, "Breaking Boundaries," will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Varsity, and she will receive the AIFF Rogue Award at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the armory.

"My films are intimate journeys that unfold dramatically over time," Timoner says. "They're suspense-driven. I never know what is going to happen next, but real life is stranger than anything I could write. They'll take you on a ride, like a good movie should."

Of course, the biggest buzz at the film festival this year is Julie Taymor, who directed 2007's "Across the Universe," a review of Beatles music, and a film version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," with Helen Mirren as Prospero in 2010. She earned a Tony for Best Director in a Musical for "The Lion King."

Taymor will join Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch for a discussion, "Essential Transformation," at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Varsity, and she will receive the AIFF Artistic Achievement Award Sunday. Taymor was not available for interview.

Filmmakers' panels — one with Timoner — are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the hotel's ballroom, and AIFF's free Locals Only programs will feature work by local filmmakers Sunday at the armory and Monday at the Varsity. Tickets are required due to limited seating.

It all kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, with an opening-night bash at the hotel.

Tickets to all events are available from 3 to 6 p.m. at the box-office kiosk on Ashland Plaza through Wednesday, April 11, then at the Varsity or www.ashlandfilm.org.