By Jeff Labrecque
January 23, 2015 at 05:30 PM EST

Twenty-five years before Boyhood‘s Richard Linklater conceived the Oscar-nominated idea of capturing the experience of growing up during 12 years of a single boy’s life, Sam Klemke had a similar notion. Back in 1977, just as NASA launched its Voyager spacecraft into the far reaches of space to be a record and time capsule of man’s time on Earth, a teenage Klemke decided to document his own life, year by year.

In 2015, Klemke’s hours of personal footage are a 94-minute Sundance documentary that premieres Friday night in the New Frontier section of the festival. Directed by Matthew Bate, Sam Klemke’s Time Machine captures an average man’s lofty dreams and everyday disappointments, a bittersweet document of what it means to be human.

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