The 23-year-old Claremont McKenna College graduates have made a pact to stream “Living on One Dollar” on Earth Day, April 22. The film will continue to be available through May 3.
In 2010, the duo paired up with two other students to make the pic during a 56-day trip to Guatemala. The 56-minute docu shows the foursome’s efforts to live off of $1 a day — the average daily allowance for many of the more than 1 billion people living in extreme poverty.
“We wanted to spend a summer that was meaningful and (dive) deep into these issues and share with our friends,” Ingrasci told Variety.
The filmmakers eventually met Claremont alum Jeff Klein, a former senior executive at the Los Angeles Times, who introduced them to fellow alums Mike Lang, a former Fox Entertainment and News Corp. exec, and NBC Nightly News producer David Doss. Lang, who played a key role in the formation of Hulu in 2007, helped get Ingrasci and Temple a meeting at the streaming site.
Part of the pic’s appeal was that it had already generated some attention on YouTube. The filmmakers racked up 600,000 views from video-blogs they made during the trip. Deciding word-of-mouth was the way to go, they outfitted a borrowed 1978 school bus with beds, desks and solar panels to bring the pic to communities across the U.S.
“We decided to push it in the same grassroots way (it was made),” Ingrasci says.
Through their nonprofit Living on One, the filmmakers have paired with the Global Poverty Project to promote the project’s Live Below the Line campaign this month. The campaign challenges participants to live on only $1.50 a day for food and drink for five days. More than 15,000 people took the challenge last year, and the org says it raised more than $3 million to help alleviate poverty worldwide.