Thousands Unite for 24-hour Film Project on Future of American Cities

25.04.2014 15:23

Tomorrow, thousands of people will come together for a nationwide film collaboration called Your Day. Your City. Your Future.– a 24-hour filming event that invites amateur and pro filmmakers and everyday inspired people to capture the pulse of their city and contribute their videos to a historic documentary on the future of the American city. 


WHO:  Amateurs, pro filmmakers and anybody with a filming device.


WHAT:  The project comes from the founders of One Day on Earth—the award-winning team behind the first documentary to film in every country in the world during the same 24-hour period of October 10, 2010 (10/10/10). Now they’re taking their global movement to the local level. 


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WHEN : Saturday, April 26, 2014


WHERE: Participating cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles, Lower Rio Grande Valley, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Twin Cities.


WHY: The footage will result in a TV series on the future of American cities.  There are so many compelling, unique stories that will be told— here’s a snapshot of what you can expect to see: ordinary citizens delivering fresh produce to liquor stores in Detroit to increase access in urban areas, the influx of charter schools replacing public schools and the youth criminal justice system in New Orleans, homeless teens being mentored in the art of filmmaking in Twin Cities, the tech boom and its effect on affordable housing and local arts and culture in San Francisco, and grassroots recycling efforts by ex-convicts in Los Angeles.









24-hour Urban Film Collaboration to Capture the Future of American Cities Tomorrow 

Local Citizens in 11 Cities are Invited to Contribute their Videos to a Historic Documentary

Capturing the Pulse of their City during 24-Hour Period


NEW YORK (April 25, 2014) —On April 26, 2014, amateur and pro filmmakers and everyday inspired citizens across the nation will come together to capture the important topics and themes that will inform the future of their cities. Your Day. Your City. Your Future. is the first-ever 24-hour film collaboration across 11 American cities that will bring together thousands of people on the same day to document the issues and culture that will define their communities for the next 20 years.


The project comes from the founders of One Day on Earth, Kyle Ruddick and Brandon Litman—the award-winning team behind the first documentary to film in every country in the world during the same 24-hour period of October 10, 2010 (10/10/10). The United Nations and more than 60 non-profit organizations participated in the movement to help document the human condition. Now they’re taking their global movement to the local level in AtlantaBostonDetroitDenverLos AngelesLower Rio Grande ValleyNew OrleansNew YorkSan DiegoSan Francisco and Twin Cities. The project will result in a geo-tagged archive of footage and a TV series on the future of American cities that will feature select captured footage.


“This is a momentous film project that calls upon urban dwellers across 11 cities to capture important stories that matter to the future of their home and celebrate the city they love,” said Ruddick. “You have the opportunity to have your voice heard, to share your personal portrait of the city and to help inform the future of your city.”


The collaboration is open to both amateur and professional filmmakers alike. Ruddick and Litman aim to capture the real, compelling, raw human stories taking place in American cities.


“We’re eagerly awaiting the footage that will be shared on April 26—there are so many inspiring and moving issues and narratives that are already coming to the surface,” said Litman. “We’re expecting to see a range of angles covered in these videos—from breathtaking cityscapes and income inequality, to resilient immigrant populations and vibrant arts and culture collectives, to nonprofit organizations and everyday local heroes that are leading the charge on tackling significant civic issues.”

The project is supported by a coalition of national and local foundations, including the Annenberg Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation and is hosted in partnership with the video-sharing platform Vimeo.


Please visit to learn more and join the movement.


View the project trailer:


Unedited footage and photos available upon request.



Your Day. Your City. Your Future. leverages the power of hyper-local storytelling and the medium of film to capture and archive authentic, compelling narratives happening now in urban areas.Working with a growing social network of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, academics and a vast creative network of more than 35,000 media creators, the 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 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 for more information.




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