The very unique documentary, "Life in a Day," is the next featured film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Oscar-winning film director Kevin Macdonald's "Life in a Day" is a historic global experiment conducted by National Geographic and YouTube to create a user-generated feature film shot on a single day July 24, 2010.
Enlisted to capture a moment of the day on camera, people around the globe responded by submitting more than 80,000 videos to YouTube. The videos contained more than 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. It's been called "the story of one day on earth as filmed by you."
"Life in a Day" brings together the most compelling footage 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.
Michael O'Sullivan, in the Washington Post, calls the film "without exaggeration, a profound achievement." Peter Howell, in the Toronto Star, calls it "undeniably real and incredibly inspiring." Christy Lemire, in the Associated Press, calls it "so intimate and ultimately optimistic, it'll leave you with the inescapable feeling that you've just made hundreds of new friends you've never actually met." Chris Hewitt, in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, says "the clips add up to a poignant reminder of how much beauty there is in our world and its people." Rated PG-13, "Life in a Day" runs 95 minutes.
Tickets to the Opera House Cinema Series are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students & children) the night of each screening. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Cinema Series continues with the summer smash hit "The Help" on Oct. 1 & 4; and the sci-fi character drama "Another Earth" on Oct. 8 & 11.
Chautauqua County's only year-round performing arts center, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.