2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown
SIFF presents “Enormous: The Gorge Story”, a documentary film about iconic music venue The Gorge. The Gorge Story carves out the never-before-told story of the world’s most iconic music venue, The Gorge Amphitheatre. This music film investigates the venue’s unlikely evolution from a small winery created by a neurosurgeon to becoming one of the greatest outdoor music destinations in the world. Directors Nic Davis and Producer Tim Williams are scheduled to attend this showing.
Despite being 140 miles from Seattle, The Gorge became “a pilgrimage for the artist and the audience,” according to Jason Mraz, who first played at the amphitheater with his band in the parking lot during one of Dave Matthews’ epic three-day shows. And if you’ve ever been to The Gorge, you know exactly what he means. There’s something undeniably exhilarating about witnessing your favorite band perform with the Columbia Gorge as the backdrop. But did you know this renowned venue started on the backs of two locals, Vince and Carol Bryan, who only wanted to share their wine (which, in their own words, wasn’t very good at first) while listening to live music? The “Champs de Brionne Summer Music Theater” gained notoriety when the Bryans got their first big act in August 1988: Bob Dylan. Weaving together stories from famous artists (like Steve Miller and Train’s Pat Monahan) and from the people who love their music, this documentary reveals how The Gorge, geologically and musically, became The Gorge while personalizing the experience with insight from the people who live in the surrounding community and work the events year after year. If you’ve never been to a show at The Gorge, you’ll want to find one, and if you have, you’ll be reminded why it might’ve been the best show of your life.
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