By Caryn James | James on Screens January 27, 2011 at 7:20AM
Is it a gimmick, a solid doc or both? We’ll see when producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald’s web-centric experiment, Life in a Day, premieres tonight at Sundance and also live-streams on YouTube (8 ET).
Months ago, Scott asked ordinary people around the world to upload videos of their lives, all made on July 24th. Over 80,000 clips were submitted, which sounds like a mess, but only 25 were selected. The promising part is that Macdonald, director of The Last King of Scotland, has compiled the 90-minute film, and he knows how to shape a narrative.
There are some teasers up now on YouTube’s Life in a Day channel. The film itself with be preceded by red carpet arrivals -– let’s guess this will not be most glamorous red carpet ever -- and the live stream will include an interactive Q&A with the contributors to the film.