This Tuesday, the 4th of July, we are filming a massive portrait of America, capturing a single day in the life of this beautiful country in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It’s an incredible opportunity to document the USA during a very important time in our country. And we need your help.

We are asking you to film what’s important, impactful, challenging or inspiring to you. It can be a single shot, a person, an entire event, or a compelling story - we want to see your America in all its imperfect glory.

When shooting, please try to be as brave, bold and creative as possible. The most compelling footage will be what makes it into the final portrait. In addition, we would like you or your subject to look into the camera and answer the following questions.

  • What is your name and where are you from?
  • What does America mean to you?
  • What does the American dream mean to you?
  • What is the state of the country today?
  • What are you afraid of?
  • What are your hopes and dreams?

If there is anything else that you have the desire to say or share, please feel free.

Our goal is to create this portrait based on footage captured on a single day - July 4th, 2017 - but if there are events or images that transpire on another day that we feel we need to tell our story, we will include those.




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tylersburden3012 karma

Have you ever wanted to destroy something beautiful?

_JaredLeto3848 karma

What's the first rule, homie?

ShadyValeClara742 karma

Jared. Aren't you tired after all your flights and everything you did the past days? How are you dealing with those periods without sleep and exhaustion? Any tips?

_JaredLeto1060 karma

We had about forty hours of travel and twenty hours of flight time but we are so excited about this project adrenaline is getting us through it

klamonic1681 karma

Hey Jared, what's the best piece of advice you've recieved during your career?

_JaredLeto680 karma

Katharine Hepburn was asked by young reporter advice about LA and she responded, "Take Fountain" (LA Pro-Tip)

Kitteh19560 karma

What would you say the most rewarding experience of your career has been so far?

_JaredLeto1632 karma

The journey of Thirty Seconds to Mars with my brother Shannon. He is a powerful performer and a true artist.

iancameron458 karma

Have you traveled to all 50 states?

_JaredLeto668 karma

I have

-Forte-431 karma

What I'm about to ask is a very, very important question. Your response is very crucial in a life or death situation. Now, the question is...pineapple on pizza, or no?

_JaredLeto1140 karma


mynameisnotphoebe251 karma

What is the worst decision you've made that has led to the most unexpected/positive outcome?

_JaredLeto840 karma

Every worst decision I've ever made has led to a positive outcome because I've learned from it

itty53243 karma

Are you still a vegan?

_JaredLeto567 karma

As often as possible

klamonic1190 karma

Which MARS music video has been the most fun to shoot?

_JaredLeto540 karma

A Beautiful Lie was pretty special. It was amazing to shoot in the Arctic.

j872160 karma

Hello Jared! When is your next album coming out?

_JaredLeto582 karma

You will have some new music this year!

tashurthan146 karma

Do you like dogs?

_JaredLeto297 karma

Yes !

muscularbaby136 karma

Getting down to the hard questions here. What's your favorite shitty food?

_JaredLeto312 karma

Probably popcorn!!!

loralaimango69135 karma

What's your BEST 4th of July memory from over the years?

_JaredLeto409 karma

Watching the fireworks after climbing Bears Lodge aka Devils Tower was pretty unforgettable.

xdreamerxjl84 karma

I love your country and I'm so thankful to have been there, even if only for a short while. How do you see America in these times?

_JaredLeto257 karma

Thanks! I appreciate the question, but I'm going to save the answer for the film.

cfcnotbummer69 karma

What is your favorite color?

_JaredLeto226 karma

Mauve... or taupe.

suaveitguy37 karma

Has streaming media lived up to its promise for indie filmmakers and musicians? Has the removal of distribution gatekeepers been a good thing?

_JaredLeto96 karma

Yes has been a great thing and we are definitely moving toward a better future for artists. It's not what is should be, but it's getting there.

EmeraldIsler20 karma

Do you guys plan on coming to play in Ireland again in the near future?

_JaredLeto73 karma

We hope so!

DanielHillSKW20 karma

What compelled you to do this project?

What do you hope comes out of it?

_JaredLeto151 karma

When I was a kid I saw a book that National Geographic made where they hired photographers to shoot imagery of the USA over a single day. It made a big impact on me. When I was making this album certain themes kept coming up that made it clear there was an opportunity here to make a film like this.

notwutiwantd17 karma

Hello, how would you describe your career? would you say that you are a musician-actor, or an actor-musician?

_JaredLeto106 karma

I'm an artist

klamonic14 karma

Where in the U.S have you not yet been to, but wish to visit someday?

_JaredLeto81 karma

I haven't been to the red river gorge or Zion. Both would be amazing!

Friskylemons-7 karma

Hi Jared, what did you have for breakfast today?

_JaredLeto83 karma

Bobs Red Mills muesli!

zhuravlevam-11 karma

All of us have bad days. What are you doing to avoid stress? And what gives you power to go on?

_JaredLeto191 karma

The faith that hard work and commitment will pay off

Loserdalton-14 karma

As someone who wants to better achieve goals, how do you go about having such determination and drive to accomplish what you put your mind too?

_JaredLeto108 karma

It helps if you are doing something you are passionate about because you are always going to come up against doubt and fear. The passion or love for what you are doing will help you stay committed or focused on the work that needs to be done.

velyyn30-22 karma

Hi Jared, what do you expect to see in the videos? And in which country?

_JaredLeto33 karma

I hope to be surprised and inspired by the videos! I'm really excited to see what comes in!

Guitargeek934-28 karma

Hey Mr. Leto, big fan of a lot of your work. Which American historical figure would you fist fight if you could?

_JaredLeto45 karma

Bruce Lee because I know I would get my ass kicked and I wouldn't be disappointed with the outcome. #bruceleekickedmyass

sky_davis22-37 karma

any hints you can give us about the new album? ;)

_JaredLeto66 karma

Yes, will be coming out this year!

Ahsoka_USW-37 karma

Are you going to answer the questions on the film?

_JaredLeto48 karma

Yes absolutely and you should too!

raulvergara-42 karma


_JaredLeto53 karma

I'm really fortunate and am very grateful for the opportunities that I have had and the work I am able to do.

liacsta-45 karma

Will you be going through all submissions for A Day in The Life of America??

_JaredLeto56 karma

Yes, will be leading the charge and joined by an incredible team of editors. There will be hundreds of thousands of hours of footage. Can't wait!

_Marsupilami_-45 karma

Are you proud to be American?

_JaredLeto92 karma


Marty593-48 karma

do you have any advice on what to film for those who live in small towns outside of america?

_JaredLeto10 karma

Small towns are incredibly important as their are so many of the hopes and dreams. Additionally, Answer the five questions and ask others the five questions.

xdreamerxjl-49 karma

Happy 4th of July Jared! I submitted my videos. How do you choose the videos to include in your project?

_JaredLeto124 karma

Great question! We will choose the videos based on how compelling they are. It doesn't have to be the worlds most beautiful shot, it can be something incredibly revealing or inspiring. Thanks.

bluechristelle-68 karma

How do you see your day today? Do you use to do something particular on this day?

_JaredLeto83 karma

Yes we have about 150 people or more working on a day in the life of America plus thousands of people contributing their thoughts to the film so we are hunkered down at headquarters. I may escape at some point in the day and film something!