Everything Went Down is a new feature film musical, a collaboration between Emmy-winning filmmaker and professor Dustin Morrow, acclaimed theater artist Noah Drew, and celebrated indie rocker Kate Tucker.
Everything Went Down is about the healing power of music. Music is friendship – it brings people together, and bonds them in ways that only a shared love of art can. Writer/Director Dustin Morrow is a board member of the innovative Arts and the Quality of Life Research Center, and the producer of Arts at your Side, a documentary for that Center that profiles a number of music therapy projects, including a songwriting program for at-risk inner-city youth and a music composition program for children with spinal cord injuries. The makers of Everything Went Down are great believers in the capacity of art and music to heal people, physically and emotionally. In our injured economy, and in the wake of years of arts-poor funding from the government, it is our intention that this film celebrate music, how it bonds us to each other and makes our lives better. Because without music, and without art, we hurt.
Profits generated by the release of Everything Went Down will be donated to music therapy programs for children.
Everything Went Down follows a young college professor (played by Drew) who has become a shell of a person following the death two years earlier of his wife. Crippled by a numbing grief, he’s shut himself off from the world. At the same time, a young singer-songwriter (Tucker) has begun to lose faith in the struggle to make a name for herself as a musician. Bogged down by the pressures of turning her art into commerce, she has lost sight of why she wanted to make music in the first place. The film chronicles the budding friendship between the professor and the singer, as the energy and beauty of her music begins to bring him back to life, and the value of her music to this man reawakens her to the merits of making music.
Everything Went Down is a realist musical in the style of the beloved Irish film Once. Subverting the traditional structure of musicals, in which characters artificially break into song and performance, the music in Everything Went Down is integrated concretely into the world of the film, complementing the narrative, and providing the film with the generosity and compassion at its center.
Additionally, Everything Went Down serves as a meditation on the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Heavily influenced by two recent films by Kelly Reichardt, Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, we sought to capture the grit and reality of the Pacific Northwest without losing the quiet beauty of the place in the process. Everything Went Down was realized through a combination of deliberate, reflective shooting, and the energy and immediacy of documentary techniques like handheld camerawork and deep focus. The film was shot in and around Bellingham, Washington.
Everyone involved with this production has worked for free. This is a true passion project for all of us. And while we’ve been financially able to shoot the film, that’s only half the battle. We need YOUR help to get the film out in the world. Mastering the film, pressing and packaging DVDs, putting the film into film festivals, and promoting the film through print, web, video and mobile media will be costly, and your donation will help get this film and its message in front of audiences – so if you want to see our film, please help us get it to you by making a donation.
In the end, our film is a musical about music, and its potential to change lives. If music has ever been there for you during a tough time in your life, our film will have great personal meaning for you.
Thank you for your time, and thank you for supporting our film.
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