Despite controversy engendered by a drug-related death at Electric Daisy Carnival’s 2010 L.A. Coliseum event, and arrests and overdoses at last weekend’s Las Vegas iteration of EDC, the high-profile rave has spawned a branded one-night film event to be screened nationwide on Aug. 4.
“Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” will be shot by rock-doc director Kevin Kerslake at a live private event July 26 at Hollywood’s Music Box Theater. Feature will be rolled onto 250 screens nationwide a week later.
Pic will feature perfs by top electronic acts including David Guetta, Deadmaus5 and Moby.
Screenings are being produced by National CineMedia Fathom, which has been behind theatrical one-nighters featuring Phish, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival and metal bands Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.
Mounted by promoter Insomniac, EDC clearly remains a viable brand despite the negative publicity spawned by the 2010 death of a 15-year-old girl and subsequent troubles. The mega-rave at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum drew a crowd estimated at more than 185,000, but the girl’s overdose led to calls for the suspension of such events on property owned by the city.
A recent Los Angeles Times investigation found that Insomniac paid $800,000 to private companies operated by former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, who resigned in January after state and county authorities launched an investigation into his affairs.
This past weekend’s EDC in Las Vegas saw 330 treated by emergency medical personnel, according to press reports. Two past EDC raves in Dallas reportedly resulted in three fatalities.