Everything Must Go. Sounds like a “Going Out of Business” sale. In some part it is. The new film by the Grateful Dead’s official “video guy,” Len Dell’Amico, who produced for Jerry Garcia and the boys, such amazing live concert footage as Dead Ahead, So Far and the Madison Square Garden Benefit for the Rainforest has written and directed a feature length film that will make you question humanity and your own personal sanity. Mick Stern co-wrote the script with Dell’Amico.
Set in the not-too-distant future around the San Francisco Bay area, Everything Must Go, takes you on a drug fueled romp through one fateful afternoon as two friends, Mac and Bobby, seek out a fix for Mac’s nasty Oxycontin habit. What begins as a seemingly simple quest for one unemployed nano-tech employee and one nutty street guy who channels an intergalactic DJ, ends with both finding way more than the drugs they sought to buy.
Delivering a cast of bizarre and abnormal characters, Everything Must Go mixes a disturbing reality of what might be with a soundtrack full of great songs from Bob Weir & RatDog, Widespread Panic, Joan Osborne, The Mermen, and the Yardbirds.
This film is as destined for “Cult Classic” like This is Spinal Tap, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Heavy Metal or The Big Lebowski. Highlighted by an amazing, relatively unknown cast including the very funny Ross Turner (Bobby) and a special appearance by Rev. Billy from The Church of Life After Shopping.
While Everything Must Go wreaks of low budget masterpiece, it’s overall message of humanity’s battle with nature vs. technology is both pertinent and timely with an overwhelming proof how the legacy of the Grateful Dead continues to permeate the membrane of social, political and cultural norms.
A must have video for the self-aware, consciousness seeking, member in every family as it tickles your funny bone into it’s place in the cosmos.