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Lives in Transit

The Global Lives Project is currently seeking filmmakers in Africa to complete its curated series of ten 24-
hour films — Lives in Transit.

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Lives In Transit

Global Lives is embarking on the next phase in the curation of a video library of global human
experience. Our collaborative of filmmakers, photographers, programmers, students and scholars have
begun recording the daily routines of the globe’s transit workers. This next set of videos will not only
expand the volume of Global Lives coverage, but also add a level of depth to the discussion of global
connectedness by highlighting the single parallel experience of working in transit.

From bus fare collectors to flight attendants, mule packers to bicycle rickshaw drivers, Lives in Transit will
capture a full 240 hours of routines and rituals in the lives of 10 individuals instrumental in moving people
and goods throughout our world. The production will bring together nearly 100 accomplished filmmakers
and media artists to undertake a globally-collaborative work of art that raises questions about the
relationship of human connection and disconnection, similarity and difference, distance and proximity. All
new Global Lives Project shoots are free and open source under the Creative Commons BY-SA license.

Currently seeking filmmakers in Africa!

Lives in Transit has already documented 24 continuous hours in the lives of nine transportation workers around the world. These include a delivery man in Korea , a caterpillar fungus collector in Nepal, a cook on a sand barge on Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, and a worker on a long distance train in China.

We now have one remaining: Africa!

We welcome inquiries from filmmakers in Africa who want to work with a dynamic collective of global
artists to complete this series and to continue building our open source video library of human life
experience. Since our last shoot on the African continent took place in Malawi, we are particularly interested in shoots from other regions of Africa, specifically Western, Central, Southern, and Northern
Africa.

The participants presently featured in Global Lives Project’s video collection roughly represent current
global demographics. This curated series, Lives in Transit, will document the lives of transportation workers,
including:

  • six individuals in Asia, and one in Africa, North America, South America, and Europe
  • five urban and five rural workers
  • five men and five women
  • workers who represent the real income distribution of the world
  • the real age distribution of the world
  • the real religious distribution of the world

Specifics:

  • Filmmakers should produce a shoot that works with our unique filmmaking methodology — 24
    continuous, unedited hours of an average day in the life. To familiarize yourself, please read our
    production guide.
  • Global Lives Project is a volunteer-driven initiative. As such, the financial support for each shoot is
    limited.

    • Global Lives shoots are expected to receive financial and in-kind support from multiple
      sources. Global Lives will allocate up to $1,500 for this shoot in Africa.
    • All producers and crew members volunteer their time for production and post-production.
      Producers generally use their own or borrowed equipment.
    • The approved amount will be disbursed in two payments, 50% after the contract is signed
      and 50% upon completion of all post-production requirements.
    • Global Lives can facilitate, but not be responsible for, any additional fundraising. For more
      information, see page three of “Pre-Production Guide”.
    • Contact us for a sample budget.
  • Preference will be given to a FEMALE on-screen participant. Not male.
  • Filmmakers should have a clear plan for transcription and translation into English.
  • We are also interested in having the class and socioeconomic status of our on-screen participants
    defy traditional stereotypes, i.e. we welcome proposals for higher-income individuals in lower-
    income countries and vice-versa.
  • What is a “life in transit”? Contact us to see if your idea might fit. It’s ok to list multiple options in your
    inquiry form. Here are our top priorities at this stage in the series:
    • workers in the airline industry such as a pilot or flight attendant (of particular interest)
    • taxi driver
    • autorickshaw driver
    • pedi-rickshaw driver

Submit a Producer Inquiry

Submit a Crew Member Inquiry

Global Lives Collective and staff members are excited to communicate with interested filmmakers about
their ideas over email or Skype. Please contact us with any questions at info@globallives.org. Also, see
our blog post about producing one of the first ten GLP shoots.

Lives in Transit is a project of the Global Lives Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in San
Francisco. Lives in Transit is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and hundreds of individual
donors like you.

*Due to US law, we will lamentably not be able to send financial support to crews working in North Korea,
though we still encourage submissions and can advise producers on how to execute shoots at minimal cost.