“The Buried Life” originated in 2006 when four now-20-somethings – Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn – set out in an old RV to complete a list, “100 Things We Want to Do before We Die,” and help strangers along the way accomplish things on their own lists.
In mid-2008, MTV helped the team check off No. 53, “Make a TV Show,” by capturing the four in a reality show in real time and with no manipulation or assistance from MTV, except for cameras rolling.
A grassroots movement grew to more than 1.2 million Facebook fans, more than 150,000 Twitter followers, a following from people in 220 countries, and 2 million views per month on their website. Now, “The Buried Life” receives between 500 and 800 messages daily during the show’s seasons, most of which acknowledge that “The Buried Life” and its mission have changed, and in many cases saved, a person’s life.
Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by the Student Activities Council, are required for entry and are free for current Southeast faculty and staff members and students with a valid Redhawk ID. Tickets are now available and can be picked up in the University Center Room 202, Center for Student Involvement or Show Me Center Box Office. Tickets are $10 for the general public and are available at the Show Me Center Box Office or at www.showmecenter.biz.