Indie global studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the worldwide rights to Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan’s feature-length music documentary Everybody’s Everything.
The 116-minute film, which premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, is executive produced by The Tree of Life and Voyage of Time helmer Terrence Malick. The Los Angeles-headquartered Gunpowder & Sky will release the film domestically later this year and will handle foreign sales on the film at the Cannes Film Festival next week.
Everybody’s Everything utilizes never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews to chronicle the life and career of genre blending hip-hop artist Lil Peep, whose sudden rise to fame was cut short when he died of an accidental drug overdose in November 2017. Born Gustav Elijah Åhr, 21, Lil Peep was influential in bringing emo and pop-punk to hip-hop through his mixtapes, released through SoundCloud.
Åhr shot to fame on the heels of his 2015 mixtape, Lil Peep Part One, which generated 4,000 plays in its first week, and embarked on a solo tour across the U.S. the following year to promote the release of his debut album studio Hellboy. Lil Peep’s sophomore record, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, served as the musician’s first posthumous release, debuting at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
The film is produced by Benjamin Soley of First Access Entertainment. Executive producing alongside Malick are Ahr’s mother Liza Womack, and his business partner Sarah Stennett. The film was financed by Womack and First Access Entertainment.
The deal was negotiated by Janet Brown and Jake Hanly of Gunpowder & Sky with UTA on behalf of the producers.
“The overnight meteoric rise of genre-bending hip-hop artists, like Lil Peep – on places like SoundCloud – is reminiscent of early rap artists spreading mixtapes in the ’80s,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky, in a statement. “Lil Peep had such a unique twist on the hip-hop artform, and this doc gets behind what drove him to integrate elements of punk and emo into his music. He was one of the most empathetic artists in modern music, which is why we all mourn his loss.”
“This film is deeply personal. We couldn’t have found a better team that both recognizes Lil Peep the artist, and Gus the person than Gunpowder & Sky,” added Womack. “We are confident that G&S will do exactly the right job of releasing this film for Gus’s current fans as well as introducing Gus and his work to legions of new fans. His legacy and influence will continue to grow.”