Daily reviews and interviews

Life in a Day

Festival Favorites
D: Kevin Macdonald; with thousands of people

Here's the first feature-length YouTube work to emerge from Google's gilded ovipositor. The film is co-produced by Tony and Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald – although maybe "curated and designed" is a better description. YouTube invited everyone in the world to submit videos of what was happening in their lives on July 24, 2010. Macdonald crafted the feature from about 81,000 submissions from 192 countries: 4,500 hours of footage. The result is a sort of crowdsourced Koyaanisqatsi – hardly less powerful, cumulatively, than that Godfrey Reggio epic. Time moves from midnight and along the path of an entire day, illustrated by snippets and near-vignettes of the lives of thousands, strung together in temporal (and sometimes thematic) juxtaposition until your mind's almost boggling at the immensity of it all. Of us all. Your fellow humans. Love them, pity them, fear them: We're all in this together, and "this" is an overflowing, contentious cauldron of life.

Saturday, March 19, 7:30pm, Alamo Lamar C

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at For scheduling on the go, here's a SXSW Film Pocket Guide, which includes the handy Film Grid. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Wayne Alan Brenner
Five Arts Events in Austin This Weekend
Five Arts Events in Austin This Weekend
FronteraFest, Refigured, Ellsworth Kelly, Ballet Austin, ColdTowne

Feb. 16, 2018

Five Pet Cats in Modern Fiction
Five Pet Cats in Modern Fiction
And you won’t believe what happens to the third one

Feb. 15, 2018

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle