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“Music Festival Experience” documentary in the works

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Every summer, the collective of festival goers try put their collective fingers on the collective pulse of the true Experience of a music festival. We at CoS mostly bring you words and pictures from a fest to paint the scene for those who couldn’t make it, and to recount exactly what happened for those who, for some reason or another, can’t quite find the right thing to say. Alex Janiuk and Alec Basse, two film students at DePaul University, are going to be looking for the pulse of the experience as they travel from Chicago to Bonnaroo Music Festival in the next couple of weeks.

“We are going to attempt to capture on film the authentic music festival experience following our crew on what is probably the biggest ‘indie’ music festival in the US,” Janiuk tells CoS. He and Basse have already cosigned Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Twin Shadow, The Low Anthem, and others to help support their grassroots documentary. Check out the promo clip above.

The film, tentatively titled The Pilgrimage, hopes to examine the present state of The Music Festival, for better or for worse. Janiuk has his own opinions on the current vibe: “At any live show, the best times people have is when the chemistry between adoring fans is received and the band has a good time playing their music because they love to play it. At a festival this still occurs its just less frequent…Festivals rely on the people that congregate for the music more often then the actual music.”

Can one find true connection at a music festival today, or is it too marred by large crowds and the general Fratmosphere? If you want to help support these two young students with a great idea and see their vision through to the end, head over to the film’s Kickstarter page and throw down a couple bucks. They’ve got some nice swag for you if you do.

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