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Jan272011

YouTube Makes a Movie: 'Life in a Day' Premieres at Sundance 

Photo Courtesy - YouTube(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Director Kevin Macdonald, along with tens of thousands of YouTube users around the world, attempted to capture one day on Earth in Life in a Day, a film making its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Last summer, Macdonald and executive producer Ridley Scott asked anyone who was willing to grab a video camera and record their lives on a single day, Saturday, July 24. Over 80,000 clips -- some 4,500 hours of footage -- were uploaded for the project, coming from 192 countries.

The submissions have been edited into a 90-minute film, set to premiere Thursday evening at Sundance and stream live at YouTube.com.

The videos, shot on everything from cell phones to professional cameras, document the remarkable diversity of the globe -- births, deaths and everything in between, from the momentous to the mundane.

All told, the finished work includes material from over 450 contributors, each of whom has been credited as a Life in a Day co-director. Twenty-six of the contributors from around the world were flown to Sundance to attend the premiere and meet one another.

The group includes people from Kathmandu, Kabul and some closer to home. The Liginski family -- Bob, Catherine and young son Bobby -- came from their home in Grayslake, Ill. The film includes gripping footage of Catherine's emotional struggle with breast cancer.

As Macdonald pieced together the film, he said he was struck, not by the differences between people around the globe, but the similarities.

"Fundamentally, we're really only interested in the same things, which are children, loving our family, getting old and dying," he said. "That's it really, not much else to think about."

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