Film ‘One Day on Earth’ eyes new ‘life’ in theaters

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters Life!) – Fans of the movie  “Life in a Day” who think it is a one-shot chance to see a film  portraying one day in the life of ordinary people around the  world should think twice — quite literally.

The makers of “One Day on Earth,” which won’t be in  theaters for months (if at all), say they can one-up that other  movie, which is backed by video website YouTube and Hollywood  directors and producers, brothers Ridley and Tony Scott.

Kyle Ruddick and Brandon Litman not only are putting  together their movie that, like “Life in a Day,” sets out to  depict what living is like for people across geographical and  cultural divides, they also are creating an online video  archive for future use and assembling a community of  like-minded people on their website, www.onedayonearth.org.

“‘Life in a Day’ has some really interesting parts to it,  but the big relief (for us) was that this is not the vision we  had,” Ruddick told Reuters.

“Life in a Day” caused quite a stir when it debuted at the  Sundance Film Festival this past January. It earned a standing  ovation and much praise for director Kevin Macdonald and editor  Joe Walton who pulled together a narrative story from video  shot during one, single day (July 24, 2010) by hundreds of  amateur and professional filmmakers around the world.

The movie, released by National Geographic Films, hit  theaters about two weeks ago and has performed modestly well at  box offices. Critics have liked it, giving it an 80 percent  positive rating at review aggregator rottentomatoes.com.

ONE DAY, OVER AGAIN    
Ruddick and Litman said they began their project over three  years ago and learned of “Life in a Day” just last year —  three weeks before that film was launched — after they met  with officials from YouTube and another video sharing site  Vimeo to seek support.

While they couldn’t win over YouTube — for one obvious  reason — the pair have come up with supporters at another  video website, Vimeo, and at the United Nations, which has  provided valuable assistance in helping transport footage  across far-flung borders.

The U.N. also promised support for similar projects Ruddick  and Litman could undertake through 2015, the pair said.

A spokesman for YouTube said it “supports all innovative  programs to enhance and develop the art of filmmaking.”

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