Thirty Seconds to Mars want your help to tell the story of America

Thirty Seconds to Mars are reaching out to fans this 4th of July for an ambitious project to document modern American life from coast to coast. The whole concept is being called “A Day in the Life of America”  is expected to play into the upcoming 30STM album which comes out this fall. You can submit footage at

A statement on the band’s website gives more details

To our friends and family across the nation.

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.

Jared Leto spoke to People about the project saying the following.

“When I was a kid my mother subscribed to National Geographic, an incredible magazine that taught me a lot and showed me the world, as it has done for so many people. But at some point, in 1986 I believe, they made a book about a day in the life of America, and they got photographers from all over the world to come here and shoot photographs for a day.”

He continued, “I always remembered that book, and when I was working on my new album, certain themes started to arise and I realized that it was an incredible opportunity to make a portrait of America and make a film about who and what were are. It ties into what I’ve been writing about, and the songs myself and Thirty Seconds to Mars have been creating for our new album.”