5000 Days & Counting... 


In 2001 we set out to interview kids over a 5000-day period (roughly K-12) on film to record what it’s like to grow up in America today.

Over the past 14 years, hundreds of kids from around the world have been added to the project, revealing some of the challenges that kids face in their young teen years no matter where they live. 


Hover over the kids' faces to learn about each participant

Andy (13)

Salt Lake City, UT

Director's note: "Kind, generous, quirky. One of the most likable people alive."

Eva (5)

Austin, TX

Director's note: "A small person yet a personality the size of Texas."

Emma (13)

Seattle, WA

Director's note: "Articulate, poised, engaging and opinionated."

Meet Hans. 

Hans is in grade 9.  After beating childhood cancer, he is now battling Crohn’s disease and is keeping a video journal in hopes of helping other kids with the disease.  

Take action to support Hans and others in the Project.

“Engrave this upon your heart: there isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.”
— Mary Lou Kownacki

Inspired by one of our films? Take action! Meet some of the other kids we're following and consider being a sponsor to bring more stories to light.

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Would you or your family like to be involved with the project? Explore how you can start capturing your own story, and may be able to audition for a future film.

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"Even if you can’t save time in a bottle, The 5000 Days Project captured something just as precious: the little girl giggle-stories, the pre-teen insights, and the adolescent angst and thoughtfulness of my (now) young-adult daughter. Watching her ups, downs, trials and joys stream together on video still brings tears to my eyes when I see it. I can only imagine what it will mean to her future children when she chooses to show them.”  -S. M.

"Haily"- One of the many project faces throughout the years.

"Haily"- One of the many project faces throughout the years.