Rating: NNNAll Tomorrow's Parties has the rep of being one of the better music festivals out there because it lets.
All Tomorrow’s Parties has the rep of being one of the better music festivals out there because it lets bands do the curatorial work. It’s uncorporate, eclectic and nobly focuses on music that defies convention. And, judging by this compilation of festival footage supplied by bands, fans and French director Vincent Moon, it’s just a touch self-important.
You can appreciate ATP’s reluctance to make a standard festival film. But navel-gazing co-director Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and Moon overload the 80-minute film with kooky found footage from the 50s and throwaway clips of indie rockers acting weird with forced amusement. In between: 20-second snippets of live shows. Wait, isn’t this festival supposed to be solely about the music? The extras, however, do provide a small selection of full performances.