Sundance 2011 buys: LIFE IN A DAY and PAGE ONE picked up

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 24th, 2011

Talk about a busy Sundance Film Festival.

More purchases are coming in seemingly every moment, and two of the festival’s documentary features have just been acquired.

First, National Geographic Films have picked the rights to the crowd-sourced YouTube documentary, LIFE IN A DAY.  Directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott, the film follows various people, from around the world, over one day in their lives, July 24, 2010.  On that day, users posted footage from their lives, with the team behind the documentary editing down the footage.  The film will premiere on January 27, with the film also live streaming that very day on the film’s official YouTube channel.

Another film, PAGE ONE, has been nabbed by Participant Media and Magnolia, who are teaming up to distribute the film, which sees its director, Andrew Rossi, spending “14 months camped out at the media desk of The New York Times. He followed reporters like David Carr and Brian Stelter as they reported on technological changes, the same ones that were walloping the newspaper’s circulation and advertising, causing newsroom layoffs.”

Both films sound like absolute winners, and with the former being available to watch online this very week, we will definitely have much more on that film as it comes.  PAGE ONE however, does not have a set release date, so when that is set, you will be the first to know.

What do you think?

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