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South African entry makes the final cut of YouTube’s Life In A Day film

Viewers Worldwide Invited To Experience The Sundance Premiere Via YouTube Livestream

January 6, 2011 – South African, Kjell Bismeyer’s clip entitled ‘Elephants swimming by moonlight’ will be included in the film Life In A Day, a cinematic experiment which aims to capture life around the world in a single day. Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) recently completed work on the movie, drawing on 4,500 hours of footage sent in from 192 countries. The film was produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free UK in partnership with YouTube.

Contributors whose submissions were chosen are credited as co-directors, and 26 of them have been invited to attend the world premiere of the film on Thursday, January 27, as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Viewers worldwide are invited to tune into the live stream on youtube.com/lifeinaday for their only chance to see the film before it comes out on YouTube, on DVD, and in theaters in 2011 (in certain regions). Following the premiere, festival director John Cooper will moderate a global Q&A with Macdonald and the 26 filmmakers. For viewers who will be unable to tune in at 6:00pm MT, the film will be re-broadcast on youtube.com/lifeinaday on January 28th at 7pm in their local time zone, and subtitled in 25 languages.

The 26 contributors invited to attend the premiere span the globe from Egypt to the Ukraine. Their film clips capture a wide array of life experiences, including a Korean man who has been cycling the world for 9 years, a young mother battling cancer and a Russian free-runner making Moscow his playground.

Executive producer Ridley Scott says, “I am delighted that we’re bringing together contributors from all over the globe in such a unique way. I believe Life In A Day will inspire more people to pick up a camera and tell their stories.”

“The process of making Life In A Day has been such an inspiring one for me and my team who helped view and log all 4,500 hours of footage we received. Everyday we felt like we were seeing 20 different possible films as we got insights into so many people’s lives,” says Macdonald. “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 – which really gives you a flavour of what it was like to be alive on 24th July 2010.”

The contributors (either filmmakers or subjects of the submitted clip) invited to the Sundance premiere of Life In A Day are:

ContributorShoot location
Massoud HossainiKabul, Afghanistan
Cristina Bocchialini | Ayman El Sayed HassanCairo, Egypt
Soma HelmiBali, Indonesia
Hiroaki Aikawa | Taiji AikawaTokyo, Japan
Marek Mackovic | Okhwan YoonKathmandu, Nepal
Alberto Rauizo Gonzalez | Cain Abel Tapia Chavez | Avelino Tapia LaymeArequipa, Peru
Renat Ardilanov | Alexander BayturinMoscow, Russia
Patricia Marinez del Hoyo | Toniu Xou | Virginia Salvado Segu | Araceli Segu MusteBarcelona, Spain
Boris GrishkevichZakarpatska, Ukraine
Harvey GlenDubai, United Arab Emirates
Caryn WaechterNew York, NY – United States
Christoper Brian HeerdtNaperville, IL – United States
David JacquesWoonsocket, RI – United States
Betsy DelValleyUrbana, IL – United States
Bob Liginski, Jr. | Bobby Liginski III | Catherine Anne LiginskyGrayslake, IL – United States

About YouTube

YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

About Kjell Bismeyer

Kjell is the owner and manager of Naledi Bushcamp, in the Balule Nature Reserve situated in the Greater Kruger National Park. His YouTube channel, nalediwildcam, has over 7,000 upload views. To find out more about Naledi Bushcamp visit: www.naledigamelodge.com

About Ridley Scott, Executive Producer

Ridley Scott is a renowned filmmaker who has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director over the course of his distinguished career, most recently for his 2002 film BLACK HAWK DOWN. Additional credits include GLADIATOR, which won the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Picture and THELMA & LOUISE, which brought Scott his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1991. Other films include AMERICAN GANGSTER, BODY OF LIES, A GOOD YEAR, the groundbreaking film BLADE RUNNER and the classic ALIEN. He most recently directed the hit film ROBIN HOOD. Scott, along with his brother Tony Scott, is the founder of Scott Free Productions, a company that produces a wide range of film and television projects. In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

About Kevin Macdonald, Director

Kevin Macdonald is an award-winning filmmaker, whose first feature film, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Program, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000. His second feature, TOUCHING THE VOID, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2003 before becoming the highest-grossing British documentary in UK box office history. Kevin’s first dramatic feature, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, starring Forest Whitaker, also premiered at Telluride before winning a BAFTA for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay; Whitaker also won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for his role in the film. Kevin is currently working on his next feature, EAGLE OF THE NINTH, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Mark Strong. In addition to being a filmmaker, Kevin is a journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, Observer and Telegraph.

About Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre. Internationally recognized for its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute annually presents the world-famous Sundance Film Festival and has nurtured such projects as Angels in America, Spring Awakening, Boys Don’t Cry and Born into Brothels.

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 80,000 people working in over 115 operations around the world. With 2009 global sales of 55.5 trillion Korean Won (43.4 billion US Dollars), LG comprises of five business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner of Formula 1™ and a Technology Partner of Formula 1™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

About Scott Free UK

Scott Free has offices in London and Los Angeles and has a number of feature films and television programmes in development and production including recently completed, Cracks, directed by Jordan Scott, starring Eva Green,Welcome to the Rileys, directed by Jake Scott, starring James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart, and upcoming Cyrus for Fox Searchlight directed by Mark and Jay Duplass starring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill.

Recent productions include Unstoppable, directed by Tony Scott for Twentieth Century Fox and starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott for Universal starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and The A-Team, directed by RSA Films director, Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper.

The company is also producing top quality TV projects such as “Numb3rs”, currently in its sixth season, and “The Good Wife” set for a second season, both for CBS, and big budget, independently financed mini-series “The Pillars of the Earth”, based on the best selling novel by Ken Follett, which was shot in Hungary and is currently in post production. Most recently, Scott Free’s film Into the Storm for HBO and BBC was nominated for 14 Emmys.

Scott Free works closely with RSA Films, the commercials company started by Ridley Scott more than forty years ago. RSA Films represents many established and up and coming filmmakers and one of Scott Free’s roles is to assist these directors in their feature film and television projects.