Emmy-winning filmmaker and Portland State University film professor Dustin Morrow, popular Seattle indie rocker Kate Tucker, and acclaimed Vancouver theatre artist Noah Drew have collaborated on a new feature-length film musical, titled Everything Went Down, shot entirely in the Pacific Northwest. The film will have its Portland premiere as part of the Northwest Tracking series at the Northwest Film Center. The movie screens at the Portland Museum of Art’s Whitsell Auditorium on Thursday, May 2nd, at 7:00pm.
Everything Went Down follows a young college professor (played by Drew) who has become a shell of a person following the death two years earlier of his wife. Crippled by a numbing grief, he’s shut himself off from the world emotionally. At the same time, a young singer- songwriter (Tucker) has begun to lose faith in the struggle to make a name for herself as a musician. Bogged down by the pressures of turning her art into commerce, she has lost sight of why she wanted to make music in the first place.
Unfolding over the space of a few weeks, the film chronicles the budding friendship between the professor and the singer, as the energy and beauty of her music begins to bring him back to life, and the value of her music to this man reawakens her to the merits of making music.
Everything Went Down is a realist musical in the style of the beloved Irish film Once. Subverting the traditional structure of musicals, in which characters artificially break into song and performance, the music in Everything Went Down is integrated concretely into the world of the film, complementing the narrative, and providing the film with the generosity and compassion at its center.
The film was inspired by the director’s work with music therapy and music education programs. Prof. Morrow is a staunch advocate for music therapy organizations - a portion of any profits generated by the release of Everything Went Down will be donated to music therapy programs for children.
You can learn more about the film at its website, www.everythingwentdown.com.