One Day in Jackson Hole – 12.12.12.

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is joining a global community that will be documenting their lives and experiences in a single 24-hour period on 12.12.12. With the help of local filmmakers, artists and performers, students and educators, nonprofits and clubs, “One Day in Jackson Hole” will become an integral element in a digital “time capsule” and part of the global story created in the “One Day on Earth” project.

“One Day on Earth” is the vision of filmmaker Kyle Ruddick, who debuted his first feature –filmed by more than 19,000 volunteer filmmakers on 10.10.10 – in a global screening event on Earth Day, this year. We invited the project founder and director, Kyle Ruddick, to speak at TEDxJacksonHole and the Wildlife Film Festival, this past October. His talk inspired the participation of twelve local projects on 11.11.11.

“One Day on Earth” is a global grassroots media project documenting the human experience in every country on the planet during the same 24-hour period: 12.12.12. This will be its third year, with previous shoots on 10.10.10 and 11.11.11.  On 10.10.10 over 3,000 hours of footage was collected from 19,000+ volunteer filmmakers from every county on the planet, then edited into a theatrical film that premiered globally in 160+ countries—as well as in Jackson Hole–on Earth Day, 2012!

Currently, 6,000+ hours of media has been geo-tagged, logged by searchable keywords and archived at http://archive.onedayonearth.org/videos.  The project website is a first-of-its-kind social network where documentary filmmaking intersects with grassroots social action and international exchange. Footage includes important global issues–from extreme poverty to climate change to gender equality–then brings people together to take action with 60+ international nonprofit partners (including the UN, Ford Foundation and World Wildlife Fund) collaborating to create the online movement.

“One Day on Earth” is a global community of people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world and hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all. Rich, curriculum-driven classroom tools are available for educators interested in engaging classroom participation.

This year, in partnership with “One Day on Earth,” we will launch a tandem “One Day in Jackson Hole” project. Working with classrooms, nonprofits, special-interest clubs and a broad spectrum of interested individuals, we will document our Valley in an unprecedented 24-hour community effort. Each of the novice and professional filmmakers participating will do so with onepurpose in mind: to share a unique story with the world.

Creating art, performing theatre, dance and music, documenting theadrenaline madness of free-skiers and snowboarders, following the quiet intricacies of nature in winter or the hard work of ranching in brutal cold, the many faces of Jackson Hole will become evident over the course of 24 hours. The range of creative possibility is spectacular!

In the weeks leading up to 12.12.12, we will work with groups to plan their participation, and professional filmmakers will serve as mentors, teaching basic camera and storytelling technique, when needed. We will loan cameras and coordinate these collaborations with area filmmakers. In addition to uploading all media to the global “One Day on Earth” collective, the entire collection of Jackson Hole projects will be individually streamed on our “One Day in Jackson Hole” Youtube channel. Finally, the collection will be edited into a single film to be premiered in a free Earth Day community screening celebration (April 21-22, 2013) at the Center for the Arts and in the schools.

Every organization that has been approached so far, has expressed enthusiastic interest in being a part of “One Day in Jackson Hole.” We envision this to be a wonderful — and meaningful — community collaboration. If you, your organization, club or class would like to be involved, or if you simply want more information, contact Julie@jhfestival.org or call us at 733-7016.

For more information, or to borrow a DVD of “One Day on Earth” call 733-7016, or stop by the Wildlife Film Festival office at the Center for the Arts.

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