Local filmmaker/single mom/corporate trainer Suzanne Lucas is not so local anymore. The 46-year-old Colorado Springs resident, whose film resume includes Poop Shoes (winner of the judges choice award at the 2010 Springs Ensemble Theatre Short Film Festival) and Close Call (participant in the 2010 Rocky Mountain Women’s Festival) is being featured as a co-director in the film Life in a Day directed by award-winning director Kevin Macdonald.
Life in a Day is a film that meshes over 4,500 hours of footage into a 94-minute narrative. As Lucas describes, “If you’ve ever stopped and just sort of paused for a moment and thought ‘I wonder what's happening around the world right now.' This kinda gives you a glimpse of that.”
Carmike Chapel Hills 15 Cinema is one of a select few cinemas nationwide selected to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Life in a Day with a screening at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Denver is also screening the film at the Harkins Northfield 18 at 7 p.m.
Lucas heard about the film through an ad on Google in early July 2010 asking for filmmakers to document their entire day on July 24, 2010, to be used in the film.
Only after Lucas submitted her piece did she realize that there were more than 80,000 submissions worldwide. She figured chances were "slim-to-none" that hers would be chosen.
Yet, one day Lucas received an email from Life in a Day saying that they were interested in having her raw footage.
Months passed, and it was three weeks before the Sundance film festival that Life in a Day responded to Lucas with the notice that they would use her material in the film but didn’t tell her what part and requested that she not show anyone the clips submitted.
“I was pretty excited that something that I filmed was going to be a part of it, and it was going to be a part of it forever,” said Lucas.
The portion used involves an exchange between Lucas and her then 13-year-old son as she attempted to wake him up in the morning.
“Its one of those universal things for mothers around the world trying to wake their lazy teenage son who didn’t clean his room!” says Lucas.