Project1979 heard about One Day on Earth late in the game so we had to think quickly! On 11/11/11 I went around Chicago to different coffee shops, at a dinner at a friend's home and at bars, to answer the question "What did you think you'd be doing at age 30" or "What do you want to do when you are 30". Some of the younger folks who were with me also did some interviewing and filming. This theme is tied into the performance project1979, a show examining the X/Y generation, It is being developed using social media, interviews and email and a lot of this footage is directly from what was uploaded to both personal and project1979 Facebook pages on 11/11/11. Contributors from the UK, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the US answered the question by either video taping themselves responding to the question or taking a picture of their answer. This video is a collage of their contributions and my interviews done in Chicago.
Sprung from the successful stage play "44 Plays for 44 Presidents," this feature-length series of short films offers a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far. Since being created at Chicago's Neo-Futurarium as "43 Plays for 43 Presidents," it has grown into the Plays for Presidents festival 2012 - a unique, nationwide theatrical, musical and artistic collaborative project, including almost 50 theatres performing the show this year alone. We have taken it from the stage to the screen, with hundreds of contributing artists involved in this single compilation.
Ten Trees Productions, a Chicago-based production company under the helm of co-author Karen Weinberg, produced this feature by combining the works from the various contributors to tell the story of all of our nation's leaders, starting back with George Washington and leading right up to the present moment. Most of the videos were made by collaborators who never met one-another - they only knew that each staged production was taking on 1 piece of the script to tell the story, and they were encouraged to be creative. This unique compilation is a fascinating take on the possibilities of virtual, collaborative filmmaking. We're willing to bet you'll be entertained, and probably learn a few things, too.
For a full list of credits please see the full (enormous) credit roll at the end of this video.