Last Wednesday a crowd of around 250 flocked to Sonos Studio in Hollywood for Emmett Malloy’s screening of “Big Easy Express.” The white space was adorned with psychadelic artwork and filled with folding chairs, while clusters of people hovered over the bar, sucking down Heinekens before the showing. Bags of popcorn were neatly stacked upon the white seats, butter leaking through, until 7:30PM when, full of grease and beer, everyone was summoned to their seat, as the show began.
The documentary, Emmett’s second full-length, focuses on music appreciation, as Malloy follows three folk bands: Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, all of whom are trekking from California to New Orleans on tour. The camera acts as an observer, tracking the bands as they play not only for huge crowds, but on their downtime as well.
After the show Malloy, along with producers Bryan Ling and Tim Lynch, and Director of Photography, Giles Dunning, paused for a quick Q & A with the eager crowd.
While we have to remain hush-hush on the specifics, the secret will be out soon enough. “Big Easy Express” will be digitally released tomorrow.
Photos courtesy of Sonos Studio
Written by Rachel Ellison