[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.”
—Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute
Once upon a time, a call was made to the world via YouTube for submissions of life on film. The videos submitted were required to be recorded on one particular day: the 24th day of July, 2010. The result? The Sundance Film Festival feature Life in a Day: The Story of a Single Day on Earth.
The movie portrays mundane, and not-so-mundane, experiences of everyday life in the raw, around the world, from multiple perspectives. Many countries far and wide are represented in this film, a thousand slices of real life. Christopher Campbell of Moviefone says, “Initially it’s easy to compare the film to Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Qatsi’ trilogy…” The same Koyaanisqatsi I mentioned in Thoughts on Music. So, Campbell has dubbed Life as YouTubisqatsi.
Not all the individuals, countries, or languages in the film were identified, so it made me wonder about some of the details. My biggest question was, “How did the people that lived “off the land” in remote areas record a video and submit it to YouTube?” During a question and answer session that followed the movie, it was disclosed that cameras and filmographers were sent to remote areas so as to gain a broader sampling of video footage.
It is really neat to see what the rest of the world is doing. Film-maker Kevin Macdonald articulates it perfectly, “However diverse we are, we’re all unified under the same moon.” Macdonald’s mission? “I want people to have an emotional journey watching this, to cry and laugh.” Mission accomplished!