From L to R: Noah Drew and Kate Tucker, stars of Everything Went Down
[a film review]
Everything Went Down
Starring Kate Tucker and Noah Drew
Directed by Dustin Morrow
Little Swan Pictures
1 hour, 25 minutes
Rating: Not rated
If you are a fan of the indie musical Once, you will probably enjoy Everything Went Down just as much–Like that film, this one takes the musical genre into a much more incidental and realistic world, and still manages to leave one feeling the music as both a delightful standout and an equal narrative to the dialogue as opposed to just being in the background.
EDITOR’S NOTE: By the way, I did do a preview for this film about a year ago at this time when it was still getting backing for its completion, and even interviewed both Kate Tucker and the film’s director Dustin Morrow if you would like to check those out
Indie singer-songwriter Kate Tucker is a living reason why some of the best recording artists out there are almost never heard of (or simply heard). I never had, until a friend of mine alerted me to her and the indie-film project she’s involved with called Everything Went Down, a film that hasn’t even been completed yet, yet just the promotional material from it alone has me already proclaiming it as the American answer to Once. The film is currently being funded through a Kickstarter drive, whose link is both here and at the bottom of this page.
Kate’s music also caught my attention, and a lot of the same eclectic single-artist sound that you find in singers like Cat Power, Neko Case and Martha Wainwright, has a place in Kate Tucker’s songs, with some of the Americana of Josh Ritter thrown in for good measure. I guess my point is indie music is awesome, why doesn’t the rest of society agree with me?
Kate Tucker finally has my attention, so that’s all that matters for now.
I talked to her via Skype about her music and the film. Continue reading
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.” Continue reading