Whereas you and I might pay upwards of a few hundred dollars to get into a music festival, Marcus Haney hasn’t spent a single dime in the past four years. A photographer by trade, Haney has crashed some 50-plus festivals, including Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Coachella, in addition to the Grammys. Now, he’s documenting his experiences in a full-length documentary.
No Cameras Allowed captures Haney as he hitchhikes his way across the U.S. Based on the trailer, the film highlights a wide cross-section of his storied journey, including a plot to sneak into Coachella via a porta pottie, printing fake tickets, and his run-ins with security. The film also delves into the unexpected relationships Haney’s forged with bands, as he got to travel the road with Mumford and Sons and became buddies with The Naked and Famous (who provided songs for the film’s soundtrack).
In an interview with Noisey, Haney explained that the film extends beyond “guy breaks into countless music festivals.” He said, “The trailer makes the film out to be about a guy sneaking into festivals but it’s really a coming of age story set in a music world. It’s a love letter written to these festivals, in a way. And it shows them in such a great light that my goal is that people will see my film and then go and experience live music on their own. There’s no way you can translate the live music experience on to film.”
Watch the trailer below. The film had its premiere screening on Wednesday evening (July 23rd) at Los Angeles’ The Wiltern theater. An official release is expected “soon”. Pending any lawsuits, of course.