Trafalgar Releasing has announced the upcoming release of Enormous: The Gorge Story a documentary which will be in theaters across the US for a one night only event on April 28, 2020.
“There’s no place like it in the world. There’s just something so enormous and endless about the place.”
Enormous: The Gorge Story chronicles how a family owned Washington winery with a makeshift plywood stage eventually became ‘The Gorge’, an internationally renowned concert venue. A venue which has attracted over 7 million fans and the worlds biggest musicians all to a patch of rural farmland “15o miles from nowhere.”
Despite the long trek and perhaps because of it, The Gorge has become “a pilgrimage for the artist and the audience” according to Jason Mraz, who first played the amphitheaters parking lot during one of Dave Matthews’ epic three day shows. If you’ve ever been to The Gorge you’ll understand exactly what Jason means. The setting is absolutely breathtaking, the performances are unparalleled and the community among the fans is undeniable.
From its origins to its impact, this heartfelt documentary weaves together personal stories from music legends Dave Matthews, Mike McCready, Jason Mraz, Dierks Bentley and Steve Miller, with the emotional narratives of audience members that have built their lives around the venue. These stories reveal how a simple stage at an upstart winery ascended to become The Gorge, a Billboard, Pollstar and ACM winning music venue.
“When people ask me about our band, about Pearl Jam, ‘where is your favorite place to play in the world?’ This is always number one.”
-Mike McCready, Pearl Jam
In addition to the full-length film this one-night-only screening will feature exclusive, never seen before interviews with Phantogram, Hozier and Portugal. The night will also include a world premier of The Enormisodes which is five mini-documentaries about The Gorge, as well as a blooper reel featuring Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz and Mike McCready among others.
“I think The Gorge works because it’s a pilgrimage for both the artist and the audience. Just arriving there, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.”
You can find information about which theaters will be showing the documentary and purchase tickets here.
The director Nic Davis said, “The massive scenery and legendary music featured are going to create a really special experience in the theater. We’ve even included some never before seen footage for this release. I can’t wait for people around the US and Canada to experience this one night only event.”
Tim Williams, the producer for the documentary, said, “This is a ‘rock doc’ for the here and now. Unlike many once upon a time stories, The Gorge is alive and happening now. Watch the film and leave inspired to take your own trip to mecca and have a life changing experience.”
Kymberli Frueh, SVP Programming & Content Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing added on the news, “The legendary venue, The Gorge has so many stories to be told, generations of music fans have experienced the venue’s magic while seeing their favorite acts preform in this amazing amphitheater. The Gorge is one of America’s most special concert venues and this film allows you to relive it’s wonder or see it front and center from the comfort of your local cinema for the first time.”
In 2019 Trafalgar Releasing worked with artists to bring their new films to theaters around the world including Metallica, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Shakira, Gorillaz, Roger Waters, Rush, Grateful Dead, The Cure and Trey Anastasio. They also continued their collaboration with BTS, seeing Bring The Soul: The Movie breaking even cinema records for biggest ever box office and widest ever release.