Sunday, July 24, 2011


"See" - 7.24.2010

On this day in 2010
more than 80,000 people recorded their daily lives for
a You Tube documentary called

"Life in a Day"
 On July 6, You Tube put out a call asking people around the world to record a video snapshot of their lives on this one day, July 24, and 80,000 people from 192 countries answered the call. Director Kevin McDonald and producer Ridley Scott sorted through more than 4,500 hours of footage to compile a collection of more than 1,000 clips into a 90-minute documentary. Every contributor
whose clip was selected is listed in the credits as a co-director.

The film was completed in December 2010
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year.
 More than one jaded movie critic reported being moved to tears.
National Geographic acquired the distribution rights.

Opens Today In New York

 Thanks to The Writers Almanac for 'heads-up' on this event


deanna7trees said...

thanks for that. looks interesting. i just saved it on my Netflix list.

jude said...

let me know if you cry.

Ms. said...

There were moments of gasping, some tears, many joyous moments, including the after film clips with participants at the Sundown Festival Opening. I can recommend this film without reservation. It was a wonderful project. The call for entries in early July of 2010 received 400,000 responses. You can just imagine the work of editing that all down to a viable, cohesive, film. No wonder it took a year! I would see it again, and will look for an opportunity to purchase it when the DVD becomes available.

deanna7trees said...

glad you enjoyed it. the tv show CBS Sunday had clips from it yesterday. look forward to seeing it when it is available on dvd. i don't really like going to the movie theatre anymore.