One Day In The Lower Rio Grande Valley: Your Day, Your City, Your Future

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Your Day, Your City, Your Future.

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On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens documented stories and investigated 10 questions for the future of The Lower Rio Grande Valley as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

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On April 26th, the people of The Lower Rio Grande Valley filmed stories that investigated one or more of the 10 questions below.


10 Questions For The Future Of Your City

More than just prompting interviews, the following questions are inspiration for visual investigations:

  1. Why are you in your city?
  2. What do you love about your city?
  3. What is the best thing happening in your city today?
  4. What are your city’s biggest challenges?
  5. Who is your city not serving?
  6. What is the worst thing that could happen to your city?
  7. What are the solutions that your city needs to implement?
  8. How are people changing the future of your city?
  9. What do you hope for your city in the next 20 years?
  10. Ask your own question about your city.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I join?

    This is your chance to help create a TV Series and Geo-tagged archive featuring stories that matter most to you. This is a historic film project that gives you the power to tell your unique story and show the world what a day in the life of your city is like—through your eyes. You have the opportunity to have your voice heard, to share your personal portrait of the city and to help determine the future of your city. Additionally, this project will result in a TV series on the future of American cities that will feature select captured footage and run on local PBS affiliates.

  • Do I need to investigate all 10 questions?

    No. You may investigate as many or as few as you wish. In addition, the 10th question is up to you, allowing for flexibility in how you participate.

  • What is Your Day. Your City. Your Future.?

    Your Day. Your City. Your Future. is an initiative that invites urban dwellers to document stories that inform the sustainable future of their communities during a 24-hour filming event. The project launched with 11 US cities on April 26, 2014. Your Day. Your City. Your Future. leverages the power of hyper-local storytelling and the medium of film to capture and archive authentic, compelling narratives happening now in urban areas.

    Submissions create an accessible geo-tagged city wide archive showcasing all media created that day. Project producers are also working with local PBS affiliates and public broadcasters to create a TV series that will include the captured footage and investigate the future of American cities.

  • Why Cities?

    Will our cities be powerful pillars of society in 20 years? With growing populations and overconsumption of finite resources, how will the legacy of our cities navigate the future? Faced with climate change, terrorism, crime, corruption, and disparity of wealth, our cities have incredible challenges that strike at the core of humanity’s ability to sustain. However, these emblems of density, with their complex histories and vast diversity, offer hope by cross-pollinating ideas and providing the innovations of technology, mind, and spirit required for humanity to thrive.

  • How is this different from the One Day on Earth film project?

    One Day on Earth is the parent project of the Your Day. Your City. Your Future. initiative that focuses on harnessing the power of a 24 hour filming event locally. One Day on Earth started by producing the award-winning, first-of-its-kind global media project that took place during the 24-hour period of October 10, 2010 (10.10.10) and collected and archived film submissions from every country in the world. It started in September of 2008 with the goal of creating a unique worldwide media event where thousands of participants would simultaneously film over a 24-hour period and grew steadily as a grassroots effort of international filmmakers.

    Their first global media event on 10.10.10 was an amazing success. For the first time in history, One Day on Earth created media with participants in every country of the world contributing on the same day. The United Nations and over 60 non-profit organizations participated, and they collectively created over 3000 hours of video, an interactive geo-tagged archive, as well as a groundbreaking feature film. It has since developed into an annual media event (11.11.11. and 12.12.12.) and inspired the Your Day. Your City. Your Future. project.

  • What if my city isn’t on the list?

    We plan to open up the filming campaign to other major cities. You can nominate your city at http://yourdayyourcity.org/#movement.

  • Do you have to be a filmmaker to participate?

    No. This is open to amateur and professional filmmakers, as well as ordinary inspired people. We want to capture the real, raw human stories taking place in American cities. If you have a story to tell, you’re invited to join us.

  • What if I don’t have a professional video camera?

    No problem. Use the best camera you have access to. Authentic powerful stories are more important than your gear. We’re accepting video submissions through all sorts of cameras—from your RED CAM to your smart phone camera.

  • Who owns my footage?

    You do. You will retain ownership and rights. In order for us to create a film and other creative projects, you will need to grant One Day on Earth a nonexclusive royalty free license.

  • Why are you asking people to film their submissions on one day?

    It is powerful and moving to put personal stories and perspectives in the context of time. It creates a unique feeling that this is all really happening and underscores the shared connection between all of us. By limiting it to one day, we also make sure that this big collaboration is accessible and easy to join. The one day event is a way for us all to come together and create something tangible and historic.

  • Does Everything have to be uploaded on the 26th? What is the submission deadline for content?

    No. You may Upload or mail us post marked by May 26th 2014. If you know in advance that you can not meet the deadline, or you do not have the resources to upload your content, please feel free to email us at info@onedayonearth.org with questions or concerns.

  • Does everything need to be created on April 26th?

    It is powerful and moving to put personal stories and perspectives in the context of time. It creates a unique feeling that this is all really happening and underscores the shared connection between all of us. By limiting it to one day, we also make sure that this big collaboration is accessible and easy to join. The one day event is a way for us all to come together and create something tangible and historic.

  • Do I need to get releases for the people in my video?

    Yes, you may Download it Here.

  • Do I need to save all my original high resolution content?

    Yes. Given that compressed video and photo files hosted on our site are not of a high enough quality to use in a motion picture, broadcast, or print, it is critical that you save all your original high resolution elements.

  • Should my video be edited?

    There is no requirement for editing. In fact, if you intend to edit, we ask that you upload and share your best selection of footage before you do a fully sculpted edit. This will increase your chances of being prominently featured.

  • What is the maximum video size and length?

    Vimeo is our video services partner. All technical specifications are in line with their requirements. In accordance with Vimeo, upload file size is limited to 500 MB. However, you are welcome to upload multiple clips within the limitations of your Vimeo account.

  • Should I compress my videos before uploading them?

    Possibly. It could mean you can submit a longer upload, but not all compressions are made equal. Please see Vimeo's compression suggestions for the best advice on settings.

  • Who are your partners?

    The project is supported by a coalition of national and local foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation and is hosted in partnership with the video-sharing platform Vimeo. We’re also working with local nonprofit organizations affecting change on the ground in each city.

  • Do you have a one sheet?

    Yes, you may Download it Here.

  • I am part of a non-profit, how can we collaborate?

    Fantastic! Please contact aarin.hartwell@onedayonearth.org

  • I wish to document a controversial subject, what is your stand on censorship?

    We do not want to censor content. However, certain subjects carry both legal and logistical issues that could be harmful to our network if not properly regulated. You are responsible for your own content. No sexually explicit material or porn. No videos that incite hatred, include hate speech, defamatory or discriminatory speech or videos depicting unlawful acts or extreme violence. If you believe you have a special topic that is important, but fear it may violate our guidelines, or present a personal safety issue in crediting you to the content please email info@onedayonearth.org with the subject heading "special topic".

  • I’m with the media and I want to interview someone about the event. Who do I email?

    Please contact press@onedayonearth.org and we’ll be in touch.

  • Sign me up! How do I participate?

    Go to http://yourdayyourcity.org/, choose your city, scroll down and click on “sign up to participate”.

  • This is awesome. How can I help?

    Invite friends and family around your city. If you want to get more involved email aarin.hartwell@onedayonearth.org. If you’re feeling charitable, we need help, all donations are tax-deductible – Donate

Community Guidelines

One Day on Earth is committed to nurturing a supportive, vibrant, tolerant, and creative community. We hope to be as open as possible and allow you to celebrate your personal perspectives freely. It is exciting and revolutionary to be able to share perspectives of such quality with people across the world in one place.

We want to be sure that you put your passion into your videos. We strongly support freedom of speech, religion, and beliefs. We also want to be sure that other members of the community feel welcome and respected. We prohibit any form of solicitation that could be construed as harassment or destructive.

We are a community of compassionate, intelligent, creative people that strive to celebrate our diversity and understand our similarities and differences as a global community. In short, be respectful and give to the community, and the community will give back.

We reserve the right to suspend a member at any time for any reason.

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One Day in The Lower Rio Grande Valley Team

The One Day On Earth Team
Local Producer Image Local Producer: Aarin Hartwell

Aarin Hartwell is a producer, surfer and South Padre Island, Texas ambassador. Aarin has worked with a variety of productions and began her career as a promoter of local music festivals. Her experience in multi-media production management, public relations and community engagement fuels Aarin’s unstoppable energy. Aarin’s many talents have allowed her to travel abroad as a model, producer, environmental activist, surfer, kite boarder and ocean lover. Aarin holds a BA in Communication from UT-Brownsville and currently runs all levels of operation at Hartwell Talent and Production. Visit Aarin Hartwell's Page


Local Producer Image Kyle Ruddick, Founder/Director

As an editor and animator at Lucasfilm, Kyle helped launch the largest opening weekend box office prior to 2005 for the film Star Wars Episode III. After his tenure at Lucasfilm he founded Eyestorm Productions, a boutique creative agency that serviced the Lucas companies as well as Ubisoft, Disney, and Electronic Arts. In 2008, he conceived One Day on Earth. As the project director he works to guide the social media campaigns, website, and editorial of the One Day on Earth feature films and TV shows. Kyle is a graduate of the production program at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema. He also surfs religiously and cooks gourmet food to unwind.


Local Producer Image Brandon Litman, Co-Founder/Executive Producer

Brandon Co-founded One Day on Earth and is responsible for partnerships, financing and development. In 2010, Brandon forged a one of a kind partnership with the United Nations, giving One Day on Earth unprecedented global access. In 2012, he produced the world's most global film premiere, with a record setting 160 countries participating. Brandon founded a NYC based production company called Alien Kung Fu in 2006, where he still serves as Executive Producer. Over the past 8 years, Brandon has executive produced on-air marketing efforts for various television networks, including Discovery, FX, Science Channel, and HBO.


Local Producer Image Daniel Lichtblau, Producer

Daniel is a filmmaker and media-producer based in Los Angeles.  He has been a core member of the team since One Day on Earth’s inception, serving as an in-house Swiss Army Knife of producing, designing, writing, and music-supervising skills. Before One Day on Earth, Daniel spent three wonderful years at Gracie Films where he worked with the producing team on The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons (TV Show) and a various other works in development. Daniel hopes one day to meet you, the reader of this bio, and to help you put your own story on camera.


Local Producer Image Alex Coffey, Associate Producer

A proud L.A. transplant, Alex has been a part of the One Day on Earth production team since 2012, serving in capacities producing, assisting editorial, and managing social media. In-depth correspondence with the international community is an inspiration to him as a filmmaker, and as a human being. He is driven to affectively capture stories of enigmatic passions and individuals, and share his own stories, too. Past work includes a variety of production roles in film, television, and web-based media.

Ambassadors
Member Photo Jason R. Johnston

Jason R. Johnston is an award-winning filmmaker and published stills photographer with over fourteeen years of professional experience.

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Member Photo Chuy Gutierrez

Chuy Gutierrez is a McAllen based cinematographer and videographer who has worked on various short films, commercials, music videos, corporate videos and documentaries in the area.

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Member Photo Mario Deleon

Mario Deleon is a creative services director specializing in online, TV and visual marketing services. Mario is also an active board member on the Cinesol Film Festival Council.

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Member Photo Alessandro Gentile

Gentile, an award-winning DP with Monarch Creative, has 12 yrs. filming experience shooting features, documentaries and commercials in the States and abroad bringing unique stories to life.

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Member Photo Anlo Sepulveda

Anlo Sepulveda co-directed, Yakona, a pure cinema film about the San Marcos River that won the audience award SXSW 2014. He also wrote and directed, Otis Under Sky, a SXSW 2011 official selection.

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Member Photo Paul Collins

Paul Collins, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, has been capturing intimate connections within the Texas ecology for over fifteen years.

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Member Photo Javier Antonio Avellan

Javier Antonio Avellán was born in Venezuela and grew up in Texas. After graduating in 2011 from UT-Austin, Javier has developed Lobo Sucio Creative with his business partner Chris Corona.

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Member Photo Croft Fite

Croft grew up in Abilene, Tx and attended college at UNT. He is now working in Austin, Tx as the Cinematographer for Lobo Sucio Creative.

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Member Photo Jordi Ruiz Maso

The award-winner DP, Jordi Ruiz Masó, has a passion for the arts and storytelling. He has worked as a cinematographer in a variety of projects from commercials, films, documentaries and TV shows.

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Member Photo Jesus Garcia

Jesus Garcia is a Chicano videographer and sound mixer based in Austin, TX.  He enjoys capturing life and live events.

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Member Photo Manny Rodriguez

Creative Director at BRNDhub with a background in Film, and experience in marketing and branding. Directed and produced a number of commercials, short stories, music videos, and video portfolios.

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Member Photo Stephen Ramirez

Stephen Ramirez is an RGV native and a graduate of the University of North Texas. After graduating, he co-founded the Mcallen based video production studio, R&O Studios.

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Member Photo Rodrigo Rodriguez

Rodrigo Rodriguez is the owner and director of Rio Bravo Pictures. Mr. Rodriguez has over 25 years experience in the television and film industry, the last 15 as a successful Commercial Director.

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Member Photo Michael Seifert

Mike Seifert is the Network Weaver for the RGV Equal Voice Network, a collaboration of ten community based organizations serving colonia residents across the region.

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Member Photo Tony Zavaleta Sr.

Dr. Tony Zavaleta is a member of a pioneer family of the lower Rio Grande, an internationally known anthropologist and a 40 year employee of the UT-System.

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Member Photo Bonnie Emerson

Bonnie is a media producer and PR specialist with over 20 yrs. experience. She is the owner of Monarch Creative and writes, directs and produces media campaigns for community outreach issues in Texas.

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Member Photo Dr. John Cook

Dr. John Cook is Dept. Chair of Communication at UTB. He is a director, professor, community activist, HR and organizational consultant, motivational speaker and serves on several advisory boards.

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Member Photo Nancy Millar

Nancy Millar is McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. She founded the McAllen Arts Council, oversees the city’s Public Art Committee & Creative Incubator and chairs the RGV Film Commission.

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Projects are subject-based, and were written to align with national and local standards. These projects can be used as stand-alone activities, or as entry points to the full curriculum.

Toolkits authored by Cari Ann Shim Sham*, MFA Co-Authored by Daniel Lichtblau, Kyle Ruddick, Anna B. Scott, Ph.D Edited by Gina Nemirofsky Produced and Designed by Daniel Lichtblau Illustrations by Mollycules Consultant: Jay Silver, MIT, Ph.D

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Lessons

The 10 lessons comprising the core curriculum cover topics of video creation, film theory, and participatory media. All lessons include worksheeets, and most of them include slide shows and suggested viewings.

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