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Life Underground

immersive documentary experience

Life Underground

 
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160 million people use global metro systems every day. Each one of them has a story.

Shot in over 15 cities, across 4 continents, in over 10 languages, this interactive web documentary and immersive media installation takes viewers on a journey into the subways of the world through the personal stories of passengers.

 
 
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Life Underground was originally created as an interactive web documentary by filmmaker Hervé Cohen. I worked closely with Hervé, as a collaborating artist and installation producer, to reimagine his content as an immersive multimedia installation.

 
 
 

the installation

To celebrate the Metro Red Line’s 25th anniversary, the Life Underground installation made its premier in downtown Los Angeles
at the historic Union Station.

 
 
 

The stories

50+ passengers have been filmed and recorded since the project began, and filming is ongoing. Through their stories of family, migration, love, identity, ambition, and more, Life Underground challenges notions of public and private space and reminds us that beneath the surface, we’re all connected. 

 
 
 

acknowledgement

Life Underground has been recognized by some of the industry’s most prestigious festivals and awards.

 
 
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press & testimonials

Don’t take our word for it.

 

“Groundbreaking” — PremiumBeat

“ To create this level of global reach for a message so profound is a statement to the power of art
and the significance of his [Cohen’s] vision.” — Front Row & Ctr

“I felt connected.” — Fog of Truth

“The notion of community, and more specifically global community,
is expressed in Life Underground.” — JWT Intelligence

“While a subway car may travel in a line, your film need not.” — No Film School

“Cried bro.” —SXSW Visitor

 

credits

Created and directed by Hervé Cohen
Original score by Brian Rodvien
A/V integration by F2B Services