Video: Virgin Mobile FreeFest All Access Doc
The annual Virgin Mobile fest near Baltimore changed to reflect the times this year. Renamed the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the 2009 event reacted to the country's economic struggles by condensing the proceedings to one day, making the tickets free, and sending out a crew of 14 teen aspiring filmmakers to make a documentary about the fest, "Kyocera's All Access: Virgin Mobile FreeFest." 19 bands -- including Weezer, Blink-182, Girl Talk, Public Enemy, Taking Back Sunday and Franz Ferdinand -- played three stages at Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 30 and the young documentarians captured all of the action. Billboard.com has several sneak peeks from the film.
The clip above chronicles the FreeFest experiences of Taking Back Sunday, who played the main stage under the pavilion at the fest.
The clip above goes behind-the-scenes as the stages, midway, and music is set up for the fest.
The clip above catches up with Blink-182, Virgin honcho Richard Branson, and buskers who played the fest to talk about FreeFest's charitible works to combat youth homelessness.
In the glimpse below backstage at the fest, catch the Natonal talking about playing with Public Enemy ("I like the idea that Flavor Flav and I have the same job" said The National's Max Berninger), Weezer leading the crowd in a singalong of "Undone (The Sweater Song)," and plenty of other candid on and off stage moments from the other bands on the bill.
"I just feel like I was born to do this," Weezer's Rivers Cuomo says in the doc. "I'm good at it and it's fun. This is my mission in life."