E4 (Farmhouse Productions) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
There's something wonderful about watching people when they don't know they're being watched. If they're doing something self-involved like dancing about like soma-dosed rag dolls, it's that much better. E4 provides plenty of that sort of remote viewing: people in silly makeup, hula hoop orgies, people laying down the sweet sweet white funk. But that's not what the DVD is really about. E4 is the record of the fourth year of Canada's hugest granola-rave, the Evolve festival. In that, it does a pretty good job.
It's no Burning Man, but the camera work is nice. The documentation of the various live trance-political musical acts (including Grand Theft Bus, High Plains Drifter and Wasabi Collective) and the mood of the shows is reasonably compelling - a little too earnest, but compelling. But while this may be just my wrong-headedness, I can't see people wanting to buy E4 unless they feel that somewhere down the line they'll want to show their kids the "happening" where they were conceived.