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YouTube preps “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” doc

YouTube Originals and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have partnered on a feature-length documentary to commemorate the California event’s 20-year anniversary. Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert will share behind the ...
January 6, 2020

YouTube Originals and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have partnered on a feature-length documentary to commemorate the California event’s 20-year anniversary.

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert will share behind the scenes stories that have shaped the iconic festival held annually in the Indio desert.

It will include exclusive interviews and footage, as well as performances from artists such as Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against the Machine, The White Stripes, Madonna, Radiohead and more.

The documentary is a Goldenvoice and Hamsterdam production, in association with AEG Studios. Chris Perkel serves as producer and director; Raymond Leon Roker and Paul Tollett serve as executive producers.

Alex Piper, head of unscripted at YouTube Originals, and Margaret Burris, development lead, will oversee Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert for the global platform, which has for 10 years served as the exclusive live stream partner for both weekends of the festival.

The film joins a slate of music-focused YouTube Originals including recent titles such as Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan, How to Be: Mark Ronson, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated and the forthcoming project Justin Bieber: Seasons, premiering Jan. 27.

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert premieres March 31.

Watch the teaser below:

(Photo courtesy Coachella/Goldenvoice)

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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