A Day in the Life of America
Jan 11 PM
On PBS and PBS Video App

A Day in the Life of America

About the Film

Director Jared Leto crafts a sweeping yet intimate cross-section of America shot on a single July 4th in 2017 with 92 film crews fanning out across each of the United States and Puerto Rico to capture A Day in the Life of America. A gargantuan production shot over a single 24 hour period across the country, the film weaves a wide range of beliefs and backgrounds into a rich tapestry of life.  MORE

Black Louisianans talk about historic inequities that greeted soldiers returning to their homes after World War II, while a transgender woman recounts her coming out to her Hasidic Jewish community. A First Nations ceremony takes place in South Dakota while a Muslim girl in Minnesota trains at a boxing gym. A blunt young woman reflects on the opioid epidemic's repercussions in West Virginia while, eerily, preparations are made for the hateful and ultimately murderous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia a month later. One man in Chicago describes the versions of the United States he witnesses: “One that’s great and beautiful and idealistic. And there’s an America that doesn’t quite mesh up with the ideals.”

Contrasting the myths and ideals of America with the harsh reality for most people, A Day in the Life of America is a deep and unflinching look at a country on the verge of upheaval.


The Filmmaker

Jared Leto (Director) is an actor, musician, director, and entrepreneur. His extensive work as an actor has included a host of transformative performances. Leto’s role in Dallas Buyers Club earned him over 40 Best Supporting Actor honors including an Academy Award. His work as a director has also garnered him accolades including winning the People’s Choice Awards for Best Documentary for Artifact and over a dozen MTV VMA awards for his work in music videos.  

Emma Ludbrook (Producer) heads Paradox with producing partner Jared Leto. Her work covers a wide collection of music videos and concert documentary films for Leto’s band Thirty Seconds to Mars. Ludbrook also produced the award-winning documentary Artifact, nature documentary series Great Wide Open and "Beyond the Horizon," which saw Leto talk with some of the most influential visionaries, including Edward Snowden. LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Jared Leto

Produced by
Jared Leto
Emma Ludbrook

Executive Producers
John Janick
Steve Berman
Anthony Seyler
Jason Koffeman
Samuel Nalband

Editors
Samuel Nalband
Andy R. Worboys

Music
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Thomas Bonneyrat

Co-Producer
Matt Benson

Additional Writer
Morgan Schechter Shanahan

Unit Production Manager
Brenda Liz De Guzman

Production Coordinator
Tyler Corbin

Supervising Story Producer
Christina Cigala

DP Coordinator
Hunter Hampton

Story Coordinator
Sara McKay

Systems Administrator
Daniel Hernandez

APOC
Christine Belskey

Lead Story Researcher
Maggie Brown

Story Researcher
DeAndré Upshaw

Office PA
Hugues Barbier

Assistants to Jared Leto
Kennon Sheehy
Joie Horwitz

Assistant to Emma Ludbrook
Bella Tudisco

Archival Producers
Noah Weitzman
Anna Marie Pitman

Consultant
Chloe Chapman

Additional Editors
Benjamin Entrup
Stefanie Visser
James Norris

Additional Assistant Editors
Adrian Morales Ramos
Michael Rees
Brian Dove
Spencer Burnham
Devon McDonald
Peter Cramer
Jasmina Zaharieva

Post Supervisor
Mathew Roscoe

Additional Post Supervisor
Rebecca Adams

Assistant Additional Post Supervisor
Ben Seward

Social Team
Marcelle Luna
Judy Lee
Barbara Chavez
Alexis Hawkins
Lauren Hale
Josh Ford
Zach DeLucco

Technical Consultant
Jonathan Johnson

Additional Post Producer
Maura Anderson
Matt Wright

Colorist
Joseph Bicknell

Sound Mixer
Tim Cavagin

Re-Recording Mixer
Tony Crowe

Titles Designer
Matthew Curtis

Local Producers
Danny Legare (CT)
Jesse Ford (MI)
David Diebel (ND)
Stacey Grant (PA)
Allison Berg (SD)
Brittany Mumma (WY)

Local Directors
Kevin Clark (CA)
Shane Ford (MI)
Keenan Wetzel (MI)

Local Associate Producer
Ernest Anemone (MA)

DPs
Lauren Musgrove (AL)
DJ Dittenhoefer (AL)
Ben Sturgulewski (AK)
Tobin Paul Sanson (AZ)
Cameron Trejo (AZ)
Gabe Mayhan (AR)
Gabe Gentry (AR)
Cody Tuttle (CA)
Justyn Moro (CA)
Max Seigal (CA)
Patrick Flaherty (CA)
Sam Pepke (CA)
Scott Kelley (CA)
Sean Davis (CA)
William Rouse (CA)
Yoni Shrira (CA)
Erick Mateo (CA)
Nelson Carayannis (CO)
Thomas Woodson (CO)
Mike Magilnick (CT)
Jeremy McDaniel (DE)
Ben Mesker (FL)
Jake Dillard (FL)
Kristian Zuniga (GA)
Devin Graham (HI)
Tay Steele (HI)
Matt Lowe (ID)
Antonin Lelievre & Kutaba Rashid (IL)
Sloan Inns (IL)
Ryan Kerr (IN)
John Richard (IA)
Morgan Cooper (KS)
Danielle Elise Bartley (KY)
Natalie Kingston (LA)
Bron Moyi (LA)
Jeff Griecci (ME)
Kyle Deitz (MD)
Ben Haven Taylor (MA)
Chase Bortz (MN)
Damian Blaylock (MS)
Nathan Hay (MO)
Rick Smith (MT)
Corey Eisenstein (NE)
Cody William Smith (NV)
Silton Buendia (NV)
Nguyen-Anh Nguyen (NH)
Tyler Pakstis (NJ)
Seth Fuller (NM)
Ed David (NY)
Nausheen Dadabhoy (NY)
Bernardo Marentes (NC)
Jacob Branson Hately (NC)
Carson Nordgaard (ND)
Danny Mizicko (OH)
Brandon Zebell (OK)
Jake Huddleston (OR)
Truen Pence (OR)
Chris Logan Harley (PA)
Koi-Fly Creative Productions (PA)
Erik Latek (RI)
Brent Christy (SC)
Shaun O’Connell (SD)
Jeffrey Holland (TN)
Evett Rolsten (TX)
Matt S. Bell (TX)
Shalean Easter (TX)
Nate Balli (UT)
Tyler Measom (UT)
Renan Ozturk (UT)
Christ Westlund (VT)
Billy Hughes (VA)
Janssen Powers (WA)
Mark Eric Trent (WV)
Michael Palzkill (WI)
Dirk Collins (WY)
Andrew Geraci (DC)
Umit Gulsen (DC)
Raúl Alexander Marrero (PR)

Underwater DP
Frazier Nivens (FL)

Aerial Units
Jesse Brunt (CA)
NYONair (NY)
Pilot Will Allen (WA)
Rock N Roll Airshows (WA)

Camera Ops
Julian Romero (CA)
Shane Ford (MI)
Keenan Wetzel (MI)
Edward Knight Jr. (MI)

Drone Operators/Pilots
Daniel Jarvis (CA)
Hank Shaw (TX)
Stephen Spurlock (WI)

Speed Flying Pilot
Dave Turner (CA)

Camera Car Driver
Nicole Sakai (OR)

Grip
Levi Wilkinson (KS)

1st ACs
Nick Dillard (FL)
Ralph Dumas III (KS)
Meghan Noce (NM)
Josh Swope (NC)
Andrew Bradford (SC)

2nd ACs
Gregory Pearl (KS)
Caleb Farmer (NC)
Stephen Spurlock (WI)
Tristan Greszko (WY)

Assistant Camera
Ted Sturgulewski (AK)
Matthew Magdefrau (AR)
David Porter (CA)
Josh Christiansen (HI)
TJ Hom (ID)
Ryan Winnicki (IN)
Gregory Sheppard (KY)
Brian C. Miller Richard (LA)
Litong Zhen (MI)
Jason Young (NV)
Kiana MacClellan (NY)
Ian J. Whitmore (OR)
Eric LaCasse (PA)
Dane Allen (TN)
Lynden Williams (UT)
Tristan Greszko (WY)
Reid Morth (MT)

Sound
Jack Norsworthy (LA)
Zach Tree (MD)
Kiana MacClellan (NY)
Janel Trevino (TX)
Mark Bader (WA)
Rob Boucher WA)

Audio Mixer
Scott Loudon (MI)
Cruce Grammatico (MI)

Interviewer
Alyson Holland (TN)

Production Assistants
Julia Lee (CA)
Keith Dillard (FL)
Lori Dillard (FL)
Ben Maner (LA)
Erk Skramstad (LA)
Emma Durband (MD)
Andie Fuller (NM)
Ken Mizicko (OH)
Seth Wharton (TN)
Linnie Hughes (VA)
Dustin Gleason (DC)
Alicia Geraci (DC)

Additional Footage
Actualist Zo * Aysha Afaneh * Cristina Alfonso * Sarah Anderson * AP Archive *
Ben Arduino * Axiom Images * Josh Bauer * Will Binder * James Bonanno * Danielle Brennan *
Shannon Kendall Brown * Veronica Carbajal * CBS Boston * Alejandro Chacon * Harly Cartwright *
Billy Cobb * Brad Devine * Kathy Farokhpour * Jennie Fox * Max Frauchiger * Emma Freer *
Edward H Garcia * Getty Images * Mark Haley * Luis Hernandez * Jeffrey Alfredo Hinojosa *
Jana Holden * Kameron Jacobs * Yunnie Jim * Lacy Keyser * King 5 * Nolan Knight *
Sheri Long * Sharon Lottes * Landon McCall * Colby Meek * Iryna Miyushkevych * Arianna Muniz *
NASA * NewsHour Productions * Nimia * Vegas Okalani * Diego Panesso * Kevin Patrick *
Piya Pinvatana * Destiny Pratt * Sierra Skye Pruiett * Sofia Carolina Rivas * Paula Rodriguez *
Joel Rogozinski * Joseph Rojas * Laura Rose * Billy Rydstrom * Chris Santacroce *
Ethan Scarduzio * Andraia Schwan * Abby Stein * Mark Studholme *
Megan Tehrani * Jamie Tidwell-Garratt * Too Many Zooz * Szu-Moy Toyes *
U.S. National Archives * Dre Drexler Walton * Erin Zaborowski

Special Thanks
Dimitri Doganis
Stefan Sonnenfeld

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA is a production of Paradox, LLC in association with Interscope Films.

This program was produced by Paradox, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2020 Paradox, LLC. All rights reserved.

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