Pasquale Rotella and ‘Under the Electric Sky’ directors discuss documentary
This past weekend, the world of film and music collided at the Sundance Film Festival for a screening of ‘Under the Electric Sky,’ Pasquale Rotella‘s extensive documentary project that explores the realm of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Billboard sat down with the chief of Insomniac himself along with directors of the film Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz to reveal more about the message behind the 3D film. Following Pasquale’s headliner mantra mentality, the trio explain that the documentary focuses less on the superstar DJs and rather shadows the unique stories of several real life festival goers: a couple reunited, a band of guys from Massachusetts, a man bound to a wheelchair, and a young woman facing her anxiety.
Directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz may be new to the world of dance music, but the duo are no stranger to documentary making – Justin Bieber’s first tell-all tale ‘Never Say Never,’ Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ documentary, and hit television series Top Chef are just a few of the noteworthy titles on their resume. “We do see every movie we’ve done as sort of a musical in the sense that the song tells a part of the story,” Cutforth explains, relating his past works to ‘Under the Electric Sky.’ “I think what’s interesting about EDM is that [the songs] talk about universal themes in life.” He then continues to hint at several songs featured in the film (perhaps Armin van Buuren’s “Alone,” and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”) before reflecting on the team’s hopes to bring the real EDC experience to theaters and nurture a future longevity that will last well past the film’s premiere. Watch the entire interview here.
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