The documentary Life in a Day, compiled from 4,500 hours of footage submitted via YouTube by people in 192 countries, will be streamed live on YouTube on January 27, while it is simultaneously given its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Producer Ridley Scott (
Robin Hood) and director Kevin Macdonald (
State of Play,
Last King of Scotland) set out to create the world's largest user-generated film capturing life around the world on a single day - July 24, 2010.
Excerpts include a Korean man who had cycled the world for nine years, a young mother battling cancer, and a Russian free-runner.
From a total number of 80,000 submissions uploaded on YouTube for this film experiment, each contributor selected for the film is credited as a co-director, and 26 are invited to attend the debut at the Sundance Festival.
The live streaming happens on youtube.com/lifeinaday at 8 pm ET on January 27 and will be re-broadcast January 28 at 7 pm in all local time zones, subtitled in 25 different languages. In partnership with YouTube, the film will be available in select theaters, on demand and permanently online later in 2011.
"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," said Macdonald in a press release.
A Q&A with Macdonald and Life in a Day contributors (including both filmmakers and subjects) will occur after the Sundance screening.