For those lacking the funds, the time or the fake-fur leggings to attend the
The film is a valentine to the music and the people who love it — the true "headliners," as Pasquale Rotella, founder of event producer Insomniac Events, calls the crowd. They fill the grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to the tune of about 133,000 turnstile-turns a night over the course of three evenings.
The movie presents the best possible version of the event without the massive lines, drugs, drunkenness and hellish traffic. Hook-ups, straight and gay, are also absent, as are pretty much gay people as a whole, a curious omission given that gay fans helped to put EDM on the mainstream map. In a movie that more than once trumpets the carnival's ethos of accepting everyone as they are, filmmakers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (producers of the promo biopic
At the outset, the movie introduces us to a few people and posses that we'll follow over the course of the film, which takes place at the 2013 festival. (This year's edition, the 18th, took place last weekend.) There's Sadie, a small-town Texas girl able to lose her anxieties through the music. There's a bunch of shirtless dudes making the RV pilgrimage from Massachusetts with the jersey of a friend who recently overdosed on drugs. Long-distance lovers Jim and Jenna, so fresh-faced they make
The filmmakers present these stories sincerely and with feeling, interspersing them with footage of top-flight
The film makes a brief mention of unspecified "unfortunate instances" in festivals past, which would include several deaths. (The deaths of two people who attended this year's event are still under investigation.) Organizers hammer home a zero-tolerance policy for drugs. What goes unmentioned is that many EDC-goers indulge before entering the gates, though again, you wouldn't know it from watching the film.
The film's misguided determination to present a
'Under the Electric Sky'
MPAA rating: PG-13 for suggestive material, partial nudity, drug references and language
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes