Kevin Macdonald’s Youtube-Generated Film Captures LIFE IN A DAY

Presented by Virgil Films & Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment


Produced by Ridley Scott and Directed by Oscar®-Winning

Director Kevin Macdonald

YouTube-Generated Film Captures Life

Around the World in One Day


Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Delivery

November 8

“…engrossing and visually remarkable…” –

“Provocative, gorgeous…deeply moving” – Wired

“Masterful…Life affirming, uplifting” – The Independent

“***** A thrilling piece of cinema” – The Times

New York, NY (October 25, 2011) – From the creative minds of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker/producer Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise) and Academy Award®-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) comes LIFE IN A DAY, the groundbreaking, user-generated, feature-length documentary film shot on a single day by people from all over the world. Through the Scott Free UK Banner, Scott and Macdonald asked people around the globe, via YouTube, to capture their lives over the course of one day, July 24, 2010. More than 80,000 videos from 192 countries were submitted, totaling more than 4,500 hours of footage. LIFE IN A DAY presents the most compelling footage from around the globe in a feature-length motion picture.

Virgil Films & Entertainment has teamed up with National Geographic Entertainment to present the DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Streaming and On-Demand premiere of LIFE IN A DAY on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, with special bonus features, for a suggested retail price of $19.99 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu-ray).

LIFE IN A DAY is one of the most honest documentaries I’ve seen in a long time,” says Joe Amodei, President of Virgil Films & Entertainment. “This film is a beautiful representation of life on Earth today, and we are excited to add Kevin Macdonald’s film to the Virgil Films catalog.”

The film, described by as “a rousing success of an experiment,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with Macdonald, editor Joe Walker and invited contributors in attendance for a unique one-time-only YouTube live-streaming event broadcast in conjunction with the premiere. Through a partnership with National Geographic and YouTube, LIFE IN A DAY also enjoyed a limited theatrical release and has generated more than 40 million YouTube channel views to date.

Bonus features on the disc include interviews with Joe Walker and Kevin Macdonald, director commentary, editor commentary and footage from unused submissions.

Synopsis – LIFE IN A DAY

Oscar®-winning film director Kevin Macdonald’s LIFE IN A DAY was born out of a unique partnership between Ridley Scott’s Scott Free UK and YouTube. The film is a user-generated, feature-length documentary shot on a single day – July 24, 2010. Enlisted to capture a moment of the day on camera, the global community responded by submitting more than 80,000 videos to YouTube. The videos contained over 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors from Australia to Zambia, and from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. LIFE IN A DAY brings together the most compelling footage from YouTube to create a 90-minute film crafted by Macdonald, executive producer Ridley Scott, producer Liza Marshall and their teams. The film offers a unique experience that shows – with beauty, humor and joyful honesty – what it’s like to be alive on Earth today.


Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary My Run; the Sci-fi thriller Lunopolis; The Wildest Dream, narrated by Liam Neeson; the hit film Forks Over Knives; Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut The Hungry Ghosts; and National Geographic’s Oscar®-nominated documentary Restrepo. For more information, please visit:


National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) is part of National Geographic Global Media and combines into a single operating group National Geographic Films (NGF), National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV), Kids Entertainment and Music & Radio. Over the last decade, NGE units have produced or released a number of successful films in both traditional, digital and giant screen theaters, including the Oscar-winning film March of the Penguins, Oscar®-nominated documentaries Restrepo and The Story of the Weeping Camel; giant-screen films Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, U2 3D and Mysteries of Egypt; and traditional feature-length films The First Grader, The Last Lions, The Way Back and Amreeka. Daniel Battsek is president of NGF, Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.

Virgil Films & Entertainment/National Geographic Entertainment
Street Date: November 8, 2011
SRP: $19.99 DVD
$29.99 Blu-ray
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary
Type: DVD premiere
Format: Widescreen 16:9
Run Time: 95 min

Bonus Features:

  • Footage from Unused Submissions
  • Interviews with Joe Walker and Kevin Macdonald
  • Director Commentary
  • Editor Commentary

Watch the Trailer here:

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