Life in a Day Contributors Help with Promotion

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Fri, 07/08/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Contributors around the world who submitted more than 80 000 videos to YouTube shot Life in a Day on a single day – July 24 2010. Now through a partnership between National Geographic Entertainment YouTube and Cinedigm Digital Cinema fans will have the opportunity to secure a special pre-release on the one year anniversary of the content capture July 24 2011 by requesting a screening of the film in their hometowns at Fans are also being asked to mash-up their own film trailer to be shown at the special screenings and for YouTube distribution. Following the advance screenings on July 24 the film will open in theaters nationwide July 29. Life in a Day is directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland One Day in September) and executive produced by Oscar-winner Ridley Scott (Gladiator Blade Runner). They invited the global YouTube community to capture a single day of their lives on camera and they received more than 4 500 hours of footage from 192 countries. The resulting 90-minute film is a deeply personal powerful film that takes audiences around the world from Australia to Zambia from the heart of bustling major cities to the most remote reaches of the earth. “Life in a Day explores new ways of filmmaking.  It’s in that spirit that we are exploring new ways to market the film by using every technology available to us ” says Lisa Truitt president National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “This is a film fans can really take ownership of and we hope to have the same strong response to these efforts that we had from those who submitted their stories.”             Following the user-generated theme beginning today YouTube will provide video and audio assets to U.S. users on the Life in a Day channel at for them to create their own trailer mash-up.  National Geographic Entertainment will pick a select number of trailers to screen in theaters on the 24th. Leading up to Life in a Day national theatrical release on July 29 fans of the film can also sign up on the YouTube channel to be on marketing SWAT teams. These volunteer groups will help get the word out about the film coming to their town using marketing toolkits provided by National Geographic.