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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 26, 2011

Founders of MTV’s ‘The Buried Life’ to speak at Northwest

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The founders and co-executive producers of the MTV reality documentary series “The Buried Life” will speak to a Northwest Missouri State University audience at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Entry to the event is free. Tickets are available to students Monday, Oct. 31, at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building. Tickets will be available to the public Monday, Nov. 14.

“The Buried Life” originated in 2006 when Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn set out in an RV to complete a list of “100 Things We Want To Do Before We Die.” They decided to help strangers along the way while crossing accomplishments from their list.

By 2008, after three years of pursuing their list, building an online community and funding it through sponsorship and working extra jobs, “The Buried Life” had people from more than 139 countries participating on their website, without any promotion or marketing.

In mid-2008, MTV’s Reveille Productions helped the team check off No. 53: “Make a TV Show,” by capturing the four in a reality show, in real-time with no manipulation and no assistance from MTV.

Over an eight-week period, a grassroots movement grew to more than 1.2 million Facebook fans, more than 150,000 Twitter followers, a following of people in 220 countries and 2 million views per month on their website.

Involved in every aspect of the show’s creation, production and airing, the men are co-executive producers of the TV series. They work to keep it authentic to their original vision: “Simple and practical things demonstrate that, with creativity and the help of others, a person can accomplish anything, anything is possible.”

The lecture is sponsored by Student Activities Council. For more information contact the Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468