The euphoria of an all-night concert — the crazy hook-ups, the booze and, of course, the killer music — is the kind of larger-than-life, emotionally charged scene that movies are made for.
So it’s no surprise that chasing that feeling led director and co-writer Alexander Mirecki to film All Together Now, which premieres Saturday at the L.A. Film Festival.
“For the longest time I had been interested in a narrative that had progressed in almost real time, where you didn’t take a huge chunk of time and try and condense it,” Mirecki explained on the phone with EW. “The flow of the film is more or less in real time and I feel that allowed us to create this real organic atmosphere where you go through all the experiences you would have over the course of a night and then by the end of it, you [have that] sense of euphoria that you feel after a really exciting night. So I think people have a real authentic experience [during the movie] of going to a concert. And then of course the music was hugely inspirational. It was fun to curate the bands who would play and have them dictate the atmosphere at any given point. You have sequences that are grouped together based on the music. All the romantic, ethereal scenes happen when this one band, Night Control — which has that kind of vibe — is playing, and then the darker, apocalyptic scenes towards the end is this other band, Nice Face.”
The comedy features several different plotlines that intersect over the course of the movie. For star Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Girls), who plays the ringleader throwing the concert and who began filming soon after returning from his own festival experience at Burning Man, the music really lent itself to all the actors bonding. “The bands really coordinated everything,” Pucci explained. “It was a really fun thing to shoot, honestly. For the actors, in so many ways, it was fun; everyone trying to have fun at this big outdoor concert.”
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All Together Now will premiere at the L.A. Film Festival on Saturday.