If you hate fun and have never gone to a music festival because of dust, bare skin and copious drugs, you may be interested in a documentary about why people go to music festivals. If you spend every cent of your income on music festivals and non-cultural appropriating festival attire, you may also be interested in said documentary.
North Coast Music Festival co-founder Michael Raspatello, who is currently director of digital innovation and strategy at Anheuser-Busch, is raising money to complete his feature-length documentary FESTIVAL, which he directed and is executive producer. The film follows seven people through North Coast 2013, as well as includes interviews with various figures within the music industry. According to a release, “FESTIVAL investigates the role that music festivals play in the lives of our friends, neighbors, co-workers and families.”
“This isn’t a concert film or a behind-the-scenes look at any one festival. It neither vilifies nor glorifies the festival industry. This is a collection of stories from real individuals, a snapshot of what happens when 100,000 people descend on a festival weekend,” said Raspatello.
FESTIVAL aims to “be an honest and detailed look at why our generation attends massive events, what is sacrificed, what is gained, and why it matters.” As past festival documentaries have verged on flat out promotion for the said festival, such as Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, this film seems promising considering the names and ambition tied to the project.
The Indiegogo campaign currently has six days left, and has reached about half of the
$25,000 goal. Because music rights are so damn expensive, the filmmakers hope to raise money to secure archival footage and music licensing, including history and footage of festivals such as Mardi Gras, Woodstock and Monterrey Jazz Festival.
Watch the trailer below: