MINNEAPOLIS / SAINT PAUL (April 17, 2014) — The world’s largest media collaboration, ONE DAY ON EARTH, is launching a new project to document the topic of ‘cities’ this April 26th. One-day filming events will take place on that day in 11 major US metro areas, including the Twin Cities.
Working with partner organizations across the United States, including creative communities, nonprofits, and municipal offices in the Twin Cities, the project will investigate 10 questions for a 24-hour filming campaign called YOUR DAY. YOUR CITY. YOUR FUTURE. The goal is to inspire citizens to document the issues and culture that will define their city for the next 20 years.
In the Twin Cities, participants range from celebrated local cinematographers to beginners capturing their surroundings on smartphones. Some of the filmmaking events planned for April 26th:
A group of homeless teens, under the banner of a nonprofit called “Film in the City,” will interview each other about their lives, while acclaimed cinematographer Jeff Stonehouse documents their process.
Award-winning filmmaker D.A. Bullock will visit with Liberian immigrants, who will reflect on their experiences from Liberia to the Twin Cities.
The Central Corridor will be featured from various angles: time lapse photography by documentarians Jim Tittle and Matty Lang, and interviews by journalist Nick Clausen with proprietors along the construction zone of University Avenue.
Rebecca McDonald and Rachel Summers of Bfresh Productions will document the arts along the American Indian Cultural Corridor, one of the largest urban Indian communities in the United States.
Local advisors to the project include the Star Tribune’s Vineeta Sawkar, Springboard for the Arts’ Laura Zabel, Blue Zone’s Dan Buettner, and reporter/anchor Don Shelby. Shelby will give a brief talk at a “One Day in the Twin Cities happy hour meetup event at the Crooked Pint Ale House in Minneapolis on Monday, April 21st from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet is hosting a free workshop on April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Table, 2001 Riverside Ave. in Minneapolis for anyone who wants to learn more about using their camcorder or smartphone to capture video for the event.
While the project is launching in 11 US metro areas this month, there are plans to expand the initiative to additional cities, both domestically and abroad, later in the year. The social platform http://yourdayyourcity.org/ serves as a gateway for all the cities and a space where participants can get involved with fellow collaborators.
Participants in the project will connect with their fellow filmmakers and upload their films to www.OneDayInTwinCities.org where their submissions will create an accessible geo-tagged archive showcasing all media created that day. The project producers are also working directly with local PBS affiliates and public broadcasters to share a TV series, investigating the future of American cities.
The project is supported by a coalition of national and local foundations, including the McKnight Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation and is hosted in partnership with the video-sharing platform Vimeo.
Working with a growing social network of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, academics and a vast creative network of more than 35,000 media creators, the YOUR DAY. YOUR CITY. YOUR FUTURE. campaign is part of a portfolio of media collaborations supported by the One Day on Earth Foundation. Previous collaborations include three global filming events (on 10/10/10, 11/11/11, and 12/12/12). The first film was released in 2012. The 2011 and 2012 initiatives are in post-production. The purpose of One Day on Earth’s collaborations is to build relationships and conversations, while creating a valuable archive of media for continued use and education. The goal is not only to inform, but also to unite.
Visit www.OneDayOnEarth.org for more information.