Coachella (2006)

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Filmmaker Drew Thomas brings California's popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the screen with a different kind of musical documentary that not only showcases performances by some of the hottest acts to take the stage, but offers interviews with such musical icons as Beck, Joshua Homme, Mos Def, and Perry Farrell as well. From English icon Morrissey's performance at the inaugural Coachella Festival back in 1999 to Canadian indie rockers the Arcade Fire's electric 2005 set, the musical acts featured here run the gamut from hip-hop to alternative and virtually everything in between. Other artists featured include the Pixies, the Flaming Lips, Kool Keith, Radiohead, Saul Williams, and Squarepusher.
Rating: R
Genre: Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Drew Thomas
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Coachella

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Captures the fun, beauty and excitement of the annual summertime rock festival of the same name.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Just as SoCal was ripe for a multigenre, Euro-style music festival, so was Coachella ready for a documentary that captured the euphoric excitement of watching live bands and dancing to pulsating electronica in a sweaty, glow-stick-lit tent.

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

An excellent overview of the ambiance and showcased talent at arguably the best annual U.S. rock festival ...

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Unlike D.A. Pennebaker's great concert documentaries such as Monterey Pop and Don't Look Back, Coachella doesn't quite capture the stretches of tedium and fits of excitement that come with actually being at an event like this ...

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A well-made, if insignificant, film about a well-managed, significant music festival.

Full Review… | June 11, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

Captures some musical moments that are worth the price of admission and a box of popcorn, such as the Mars Volta going buck wild or the Pixies' triumphant showing in 2004.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Sacramento Bee

Audience Reviews for Coachella

½

Coachella is a 3 day event that happens once a year and I think about it almost every day. This film captures a small, but amazing, fraction of what Coachella is all about.

Spencer Samuelson
Spencer Samuelson
½

How not to make a documentary film. The musicians have nothing interesting to say. The people they interview have nothing interesting to say. The performances they chose to include were for the most part boring (and I like the bands and I saw some of these performances at Coachella). It plays like an ad for a corporate summer camp or something.

J M
J M

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