Relentless Energy Drink has just released the fifth Short Stories film, which focuses on crowd surfing and the connection between bands and fans through the pit. Directed by Dave Depares, The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing explores the complex politics of crowd surfing, shows the fans in action and tells their story. Depares introduces us to the fans who risk ejection from the venue, the musicians who live it every night (including Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats and Lee Spielman of Trash Talk) and the bouncers who try to keep everyone safe. The film contrasts the focused energy of the band with the seeming chaos of the pit.
The director draws on his dual experiences of directing music videos, and reviewing hundreds of gigs as a music journalist, to get under the skin of the fans and show how they see the art of crowd surfing. “I’ve always been fascinated by crowd politics, the way different crowds respond to different bands, the changing energy levels, the positioning of various crowd members within the venue and their roles within the crowd”, he says. “There are the planks, the head-nodders, the dancers, the pogoers, the moshers, and the crowd surfers.”