Everything Went Down is an upcoming film by Dustin Morrow that’s basically an indie musical reminiscent of the film Once. This is kind of an American take on that style of film. It stars Kate Tucker (yes, singer-songwriter Kate Tucker!) as the musician in the film that plays out a musical reawakening for both her and the college professor played by Noah Drew.
Director and screenwriter Dustin Morrow explains.
“Once was definitely on my mind when I was conceptualizing the film. I am a big fan of that movie and the artists in it. What Once did for me, and I think for a lot of people that saw it, was it demonstrated that you could make an unconventional kind of post-modern musical that didn’t have to be people walking down the street breaking into song and dance, which is kind of the historical conceptual way of doing musicals. It’s the idea that you could make a musical where all the music exists inside the film, so that when you hear music, it’s because people are actually playing it in the movie, not because it’s some kind of fantasy where people are tap-dancing on the sidewalk. Each song is in the right spot in the movie to advance the story, so the songs are part of the story. Kate and I picked the songs together, and she also wrote a couple of new songs for the film, and those are actually on her EP Ghost of Something New. Also, traditionally, musicals have always been glossy affairs, very big-budget and fancy, and Once was very low-budget, very gritty, very small–I think that was a new thing for musicals. Another thing was my interest in Kate’s songs, which, are for me, very narrative–they tell stories. As a flimmaker, I’ve always been really inspired by music, and I could see how her songs were very cinematic, because when I closed my eyes and listened to them, I could see the stories. That made her a natural fit with the medium of film. So, definitely all of that is very much a part of our film.”
Kate was approached by Dustin practically out of nowhere to be a part of this project, and explains how it went down, so to speak.
“I received an email from Dustin, whom I’ve never met before, and he said he was a fan and that he’d written a screenplay, incorporating what he thought would be me and my music into the storyline. He had already come to me having written the screenplay, but while he was writing it he’d been listening to my music over and over, and was really hoping I might be willing to lend my music to the film, and then also, since the character was a singer-songwriter, he asked if I would like to act in the movie. I didn’t know if I should take the request seriously, but it was a very serious request, and he laid it out with–and I always joke with him about it–“a long-winded and in-depth” explanation of his plan. I had been working with a director named Miriam Bennett on some music videos, and I went to talk to her about it, and I talked with some other friends, because I was just afraid that either one of my friends was playing a joke on me, or I would just be a terrible actor and ruin this guy’s movie! We talked a little bit more and we decided to just go for it.”
Everything Went Down–Trailer #1
The film’s locale, Washington State, also plays a major role. Dustin explains: “Another thing that was very important to me was shooting it in the Pacific Northwest. I live in Portland, and we shot the film in a smaller city called Bellingham, which is north of Seattle. Kate lived in Seattle for about 10 years and just recently relocated to Nashville last year. Noah Drew, the lead actor is from Vancouver, so it’s a very specific Northwestern crew of filmmakers and musicians, and we wanted to really celebrate the landscape, and have the film really give people the sense of what it’s like to live here and be here, so that you are not just getting the really romantic version of the Pacific Northwest that you see in a lot of films, that everything is like beautiful, fir trees–That’s there, that’s in our movie, but our movie gives you the sense of the everyday life in the Northwest, and it was important for me to get that.”
The musical aspect of the film is also key for its presence as a healing tool.
“Another thing, of course, was my work with music therapists, and music therapy programs, and a desire to tell a story in which music helps somebody or heals somebody–Music as a comforting agent. Music has been there for me when I’ve had dark periods in life.”
Everything Went Down is at the stage where they would like to complete it for the festival season. Hopefully with your contributions, the film will be ready for consideration. If you can give $25, you will even receive a digital copy of it!
Everything Went Down.com
Official website for the film–There’s even more clips on there if you want to check it out!