User-Generated Documentary LIFE IN A DAY Will Stream Live on YouTube January 27th

     January 5, 2011


With Life in a Day, director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) wanted to create the world’s largest user-generated film.  The feature was compiled from 4,500 hours of footage sent in from 192 countries.  Each selected contributor is credited as a co-director, and 26 have been invited to attend the world premiere of Life in a Day on January 2th as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

But don’t feel left out: the premiere will be streamed live on  Even if you’re geographically unable to tune in at 6:00PM MT, the film will be re-broadcast on January 28th at 7:00PM in your local time zone, subtitled in 25 different languages.  This sounds like a pretty cool idea, and the natural way to unveil a film culled from YouTube footage.

Hit the jump for the official announcement.



Oscar-winning Director Kevin Macdonald Completes Landmark Film From 80,000 Video Submissions

Viewers Worldwide Invited To Experience The Sundance Premiere Via YouTube Livestream
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011): Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) has completed work on Life In A Day, a cinematic experiment to capture life around the world in a single day. Drawing from 4,500 hours of footage sent in from 192 countries, the film was produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free UK in partnership with YouTube. Contributors whose submissions were chosen are credited as co-directors, and 26 of them have been invited to attend the world premiere of the film on Thursday, January 27,  as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Viewers worldwide are invited to tune into the live stream on for their only chance to see the film before it’s available in select theaters, on demand and permanently online later in 2011.  Following the premiere,  festival director John Cooper will moderate a global Q&A with Macdonald and the 26 filmmakers.  For viewers who will be unable to tune in at 6:00pm MT, the film will be re-broadcast on on January 28th at 7pm in their local time zone, and subtitled in 25 languages.

The 26 contributors invited to attend the premiere span the globe from Egypt to the Ukraine.  Their film clips capture a wide array of life experiences, including a Korean man who has been cycling the world for nine years, a young mother battling cancer, and a Russian free-runner making Moscow his playground.

Executive producer Ridley Scott says, “I am delighted that we’re bringing together contributors from all over the globe in such a unique way.  I believe Life In A Day will inspire more people to pick up a camera and tell their stories.”

“The process of making Life In A Day has been such an inspiring one for me and my team who helped view and log all 4,500 hours of footage we received. Everyday we felt like we were seeing 20 different possible films as we got insights into so many people’s lives,” says Macdonald.  “It is a testament to the skill, insight and generosity of so many contributors that we have ended up with such a powerful, cohesive and emotionally engaging film – which really gives you a flavour of what it was like to be alive on 24th July 2010.”

The contributors (either filmmakers or subjects of the submitted clip) invited to the Sundance premiere of Life In A Day are:

Contributor – Shoot location

Massoud Hossaini – Kabul, Afghanistan

Cristina Bocchialini | Ayman El Sayed HassanCairo, Egypt

Soma HelmiBali, Indonesia

Hiroaki Aikawa | Taiji AikawaTokyo, Japan

Marek Mackovic | Okhwan Yoon – Kathmandu, Nepal

Alberto Rauizo Gonzalez | Cain Abel Tapia Chavez | Aveliro Tapia – Arequipa, Peru

Renat Ardilanov | Alexander BayturinMoscow, Russia

Patricia Marinez del Hoyo | Toniu Xou | Virginia Salvado Segu | Araceli Segu MusteBarcelona, Spain

Boris GrishkevichZakarpatska, Ukraine

Harvey GlenDubai, United Arab Emirates

Caryn Waechter New York, NY – United States

Christoper Brian HeerdtNaperville, IL – United States

David JacquesWoonsocket, RI – United States

Betsy DelValleyUrbana, IL – United States

Bob Liginski, Jr. | Bobby Liginski III | Catherine Anne LiginskyGrayslake, IL – United States

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