Sundance Watch List: LIFE IN A DAY

Something to seriously look forward to from the Sundance Film Festival, whether you’re headed to Park City or not, is the LIFE IN A DAY project, which promises to tell “the story of a single day on Earth.”

How, exactly, does it plan to do that?

OK, here’s the deal. A while back, the project’s producers, YouTube and Scott Free UK, invited people around the world to submit video footage shot around the world documenting a single day: July 24, 2010. Cameras were also sent to remote regions of the world to ensure a broad reach and diverse source material. Thousands of people took part.

Then LAST KING OF SCOTLAND director Kevin Macdonald was called in, working with his team to edit the 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries that came in, weaving them together into a single feature-length film (clocking in at 90 minutes).

The feature will screen at the festival on January 27, as part of the Premieres festival category, an event that 26 of the contributing filmmakers have been invited to attend. (All of those whose footage was used are listed as co-directors on the project.) The contributing directors — and Macdonald — will also participate in a Q&A session moderated by festival director John Cooper following the premiere.

Meanwhile, those stuck at home will be able to watch the film as it is screened live on YouTube at 6 p.m. MT on January 27 or at 7 p.m. the next day – at their own local time – when it will be rebroadcast, with subtitles available in 25 languages. They can also participate in the post-screening discussion by submitting questions (via the YouTube page) starting January 20.

The film promises to be “honest and inspiring.” Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

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