YouTube's "Life in a Day" Is Coming To Theatres, Compliments Of National Geographic

On July 24, 2010, YouTube decided to do a little experiment: it invited its millions of users around the world to record video footage of their day, and then to submit that footage for a chance to be part of a special documentary called Life In A Day. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald (who previously did The Last King Of Scotland), edited by Joe Walker and has Ridley Scott as its executive producer, so it has the potential to be quite compelling.

And now it sounds like a lot of people will get a chance to see it.

YouTube has just announced that National Geographic has acquired the rights to distribute the film in the United States, and that it will be coming to movie theaters this summer on July 24, 2011 (one year to the day after the footage in the movie was shot). At this point it isn’t clear how broad the release will be, but fear not — you’ll be able to watch the film very soon on your computer, free of charge.

That’s because YouTube is also streaming the film to mark its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week. There will be a live stream at that kicks off at 6:00pm MT Jan. 27, which will be followed by a live Q&A from Sundance. And yes, this is another example of YouTube dabbling with live video, which it’s been using increasingly over the last year (and is starting to offer to content partners).

YouTube says that the movie was compiled from 80,000 movie submissions from 192 countries, which encompassed 4,500 hours of footage.