A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties. Featuring a dizzying array of musical talents, from Animal Collective, John Cooper Clarke and Mogwai, to Portishead, The Gossip and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The film will be followed by a DJ playing music from the film
Described as a "post-punk DIY bricolage", All Tomorrow’s Parties has been created using footage generated by the fans and musicians attending the events, with the co-direction credit for All Tomorrow's People representing those attendees who contributed to the film. The documentary is composed of an archive taken on a multitude of formats including Super8, camcorder and mobile phone, and offers an energy not often seen in music docs. Instead of the usual sycophantic, straight-to-camera interviews with rock stars we’re given shots of the musicians themselves in action, taken from the pit.
The video recordings charts the history of the 11-year-old festival, named after the Velvet Underground song, and which is known for being curated each year by different established musicians including the likes of Mogwai and Sonic Youth. The film features a dizzying array of musical talents, from Animal Collective, John Cooper Clarke and Pavement, to Portishead, The Gossip and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
It is the caliber of the musicians involved, the diversity in styles, and the sheer energy of the edit that raises the film’s game above that of your average concert film. With Jonathan Caouette, the director of Tarnation at the helm, and Nick Fenton, who cut Sigur Ros’ Heima as editor, it’s not surprising that this makes for great viewing, but it is the many and varying contributions by those who have enjoyed the festival that makes you want to attend.
Since premiering at SXSW, known for its music, film, and music films, in 2009, All Tomorrow’s Parties has enjoyed success at a number of other film and music festivals worldwide, often showing as part of live events.
Jonathan Caouette (born 1973) is an American film director, writer, editor and actor. Caouette is the director and editor of Tarnation (2003), an autobiographical documentary. All Tomorrow's Parties is his second feature.
All Tomorrow's People refers to the people who organize and attend the Festival who contributed to the film.
2007 Making of the 15th Raindance Film Festival
2006 Jonathan Caouette as a Film Maker (TV)
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