Kony 2012 Becomes the Most Viral Video to Date

In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure became much more when Jason, Laren, and Bobby stumbled upon Africa’s longest-running war–a conflict where children were both the weapons and the victims.

They produced the documentary Invisible Children: Rough Cut in 2005. At first they just showed it to their friends and family, but it wasn’t long before millions of people had seen the documentary and knew about the “invisible children.”

In 2006, Invisible Children, Inc., became an official 501(c)3 non-profit.

About 3 weeks ago, they released a 30-minute video, “Kony 2012,” that focuses on the Lord’s Resistance Army head Joseph Kony. The video has been viewed over 55 million times on YouTube, over 14 million on Vimeo and an additional 445,000 people have “liked” it on Facebook. The video has also gained support from celebrites such as Justin Beiber, Will Smith, J.K Rowling and P. Diddy. It has become the most viral video to date.
UPDATE 1.12.12 – The video has been viewed over 100 million times in six days.
Days to 100 Million Views Chart
It leaves us to wonder, why did this video go viral? Perhaps it is because it is this generation’s social and political movement. It also happened during the time where social media really kicked off and became part of what we know and love. Regardless of the reasons why it went viral, we happily support this movement and had to share the video ourselves!


KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

Visit: http://kony2012.com
Donate to Invisible Children: https://stayclassy.org/checkout/set-donation?eid=14711
For info on Invisible Children: http://invisiblechildren.com

For official MEDIA and artist REPRESENTATION ONLY: Christina Cattarini cattarini@sunshinesachs.com

DIRECTOR: Jason Russell LEAD EDITOR: Kathryn Lang EDITORS: Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Jesse Eslinger LEAD ANIMATOR: Chad Clendinen ANIMATOR: Jesse Eslinger 3-D MODELING: Victor Soto VISUAL EFFECTS: Chris Hop WRITERS: Jason Russell, Jedidiah Jenkins, Kathryn Lang, Danica Russell, Ben Keesey, Azy Groth PRODUCERS: Kimmy Vandivort, Heather Longerbeam, Chad Clendinen, Noelle Jouglet ORIGINAL SCORES: Joel P. West SOUND MIX: Stephen Grubbs, Mark Friedgen, Smart Post Sound COLOR: Damian Pelphrey, Company 3 CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, Gavin Kelly, Chad Clendinen, Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Shannon Lynch PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Jaime Landsverk LEAD DESIGNER: Tyler Fordham DESIGNERS: Chadwick Gantes, Stephen Witmer

“02 Ghosts I”
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Written by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
Produced by Alan Moulder, Atticus Ross, and Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails appear courtesy of The Null Corporation

“Punching in a Dream”
Performed by The Naked and Famous
Written by Aaron Short, Alisa Xayalith, and Thom Powers
Produced by Thom Powers
The Naked and Famous appear courtesy of Somewhat Damaged and Universal Republic

“Arrival of the Birds”
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
Written by The Cinematic Orchestra
Produced by The Cinematic Orchestra
The Cinematic Orchestra appears courtesy of Disney Records

“Roll Away Your Stone”
Performed by Mumford and Sons
Written by Benjamin Lovett, Edward Dwane, Marcus Mumford, and Winston Marshall
Produced by Markus Dravs
Mumford and Sons appear courtesy of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

“On (Instrumental)”
Performed by Bloc Party
Written by Bloc Party
Produced by Jacknife Lee
Bloc Party appears courtesy of Vice Records

“A Dream within a Dream”
Performed by The Glitch Mob
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“I Can’t Stop”
Performed by Flux Pavilion
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2 Replies to “Kony 2012 Becomes the Most Viral Video to Date”

  1. In terms of a social media campaign i think this has been an incredible success. Unfortunately, it was also incredibly irresponsible for them to bring up the campaign at this time. The objectives for Kony 2012 is to get US military into the country to arrest him. The americans have spent so much money on the infamous war on terror it would be reckless for Obama to send more troops and spend more money on a humanitarian mission especially so close to an election and the state of the economy. But on a more positive note, it has created a global awareness to an existing problem and hopefully something good will come out of it through other channels.

  2. It’s definitely an amazing story! No matter what side of the fence you land on, deconstructing Kony 2012’s execution is a good idea for professional creatives. Here are three things this project taught me about viral marketing. http://bit.ly/weuDRN

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