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Last year at the Sundance Film Festival, audiences were awed by the daring crowd-sourced documentary Life In a Day, which took 80,000 clips submitted through Youtube to create a portrait of human life all around the globe as it was on July 24th, 2010. Groundbreaking filmmaker Ridley Scott served as executive producer on the unconventional doc under his Scott Free Productions banner, and now he's looking to apply a similar production method to an ambitious documentary about the impact and influence of the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Springsteen & I will be a documentary that aims be not just about the man and his music, but what it means to you. Yes, you specifically. At the film's website, there's an open call for submissions, where the filmmakers ask for you and all other fans of Springsteen to share your stories, insights, memories and theories about how he and his songs have impacted your life. You can either shoot a clip of yourself, or contact the production team by phone or email.
Springsteen and Scott aren't the first to give the power of shaping the story over to music fans. Memorably, the Beastie Boys gave 50 attendees to their 2004 Madison Square Garden Show the chance to share their physical perspective in the concert doc Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!. But here Scott is utilizing the easy accessibility of the internet to explore the wide array of Springsteen fans and their unique brands of devotion. And really, it's a fitting move since Springsteen has remained a beloved figure in popular music for more than thirty years. He's The Boss, but he's one of us. And now you'll have the chance to tell him why that matters.
Check out the full invitation and submit your stories at Springsteen & I's website.