Monday, January 24, 2011

Kevin Macdonald and Alex Gibney screen at Sundance this week

Sundance is always one of our favorite weeks of the year, and this year sees the premieres of some seriously exciting projects from two of Chelsea's own: Alex Gibney's joint directorial project with Allison Ellwood,  The Magic Trip, and Kevin Macdonald's collaboration with YouTube, Life in a Day.

For The Magic Trip, Alex and Allison compiled never before seen footage from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest author (and subject of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) Ken Kesey's trip to the 1964 New York World's Fair with his infamous band of merry pranksters, a psychedelic bus, and a seemingly bottomless supply of LSD. Needless to say the results are captivating -- both as further insight into the mind of a polarizing figure, and as something of a time capsule of the 1960s.

Kevin Macdonald's Life in a Day also centers around around real life footage, though in a completely different way. Sponsored by YouTube, this unprecedented project enlisted users across the globe to capture a moment of their lives on camera, all on one day: July 24, 2010. The word was spread, and the world responded with more than 80,000 submissions; over 5,000 hours of deeply personal, powerful film clips were uploaded from contributors from Australia to Zambia, resulting in Life in a Day, a compilation of the most compelling images honed by Macdonald, executive producer Ridley Scott and his team, and a crew of talented editors. The film’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiere will coincide with its world premiere, thanks to a live broadcast from the festival at 5PM PST on Thursday, January 27 on the Life in a Day YouTube channel - check out this clip from the movie below, and get online with us to watch the world premiere!