By Scott T. Sterling
“We really wanted to create a movie about what it’s like to be at a festival like [Electric Daisy Carnival], and specifically what it’s like to be at EDC, I guess,” director Dan Cutforth told Billboard. “So that was always the intention, to tell the story from the fan’s point of view.”
Originally launched in Los Angeles back in 1997, Electric Daisy Carnival has grown into America’s biggest EDM destination, attracting almost 350,000 attendees to its current Vegas homebase at this year’s event.
Under the Electric Sky focuses not on the superstar DJs, but rather, a handful of ravers. This group includes a collection of rowdy young guys from Boston, a California fan with scoliosis who attends in a wheelchair, and a gang of party people who are planning a “group marriage.”
“We were following about 21 different stories, not just people, and we put a system in place where if we didn’t have a camera crew following people, we had these people we call Care Bears whose job it was to hang out with them and keep an eye on them and if something interesting was happening, let us know,” Cutforth told Crave Online. “That’s how we managed to keep in touch with everything that was going on, but it was a lot of moving parts. At the festival, cell phones don’t work and if you have a walkie, it’s great unless you’re anywhere near a stage because you can’t hear anything, so we did our best to stay on top of it.”