BeatRoute Magazine ON Edition - November 2019

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SCREEN TIME

EVERYBODY’S

EVERYTHING

REMEMBERS

THE LIFE AND

STRUGGLES

OF LIL PEEP

By PAT MULLEN

“T

his isn’t a normal

artist who just wanted

to make a hip-hop

video, with common

tropes, and make

money,” says director Ramez

“Mezzy” Silyan on emo-rapper/

hip-hop artist Lil Peep. “He wanted

to express himself and move the

needle forward.”

Silyan profiles his late friend Gus

Åhr, aka Lil’ Peep, in Everybody’s

Everything, directed with Sebastian

Jones. The documentary chronicles

the brief period in which Lil’

Jack Womack (grandfather) and

Lil Peep (Gustav Åhr) at Peep

Show tour April, 2017

Peep became an international

sensation until an accidental drug

overdose ended his career at age

21 in 2017. The film captures Lil’

Peep’s ambition, style, and swagger

with an electrifying collage that

keeps his voice alive.

Silyan says he first met Åhr

when making the video for the

single “Girls” and was approached

to be Peep’s live-in documentarian.

“When I got that phone call, I asked

to take it one step at a time,” says

Silyan. “It felt invasive, so I went

on tour in Europe and Russia with

Gus.” Much of this footage appears

in Everybody’s Everything to chronicle

Åhr’s unexpected reach and

struggles with addiction.

Jones says the proper feature

began with his mentor, filmmaker

Terrence Malick, an executive

producer on the film and a close

friend of Åhr’s grandfather, Jack

Womack, and mother Liza. “After

Gus died, Liza called Terry and

wanted to put together a documentary.

I was pretty much an outsider,”

add Jones, who worked on Malick’s

Voyage of Time, Knight of Cups,

and was lead film editor on 2019’s

A Hidden Life.

Jones recalls seeing Lil’ Peep’s

perform live three days before

his death and being struck by his

authenticity. “What he brings to

the table is so emotionally naked

and honest. There’s no bullshit,” he

says. “For young people, that’s a

voice you can trust.”

Everybody’s Everything draws

upon Åhr’s disorienting and

empowering method with an

intricate collage of professional

video, iPhone shoots, social media

stories, and fuzzy VHS tapes. “Gus

had so many videographers around

him all the time, so there was an

embarrassment of riches,” says

Jones, adding that Åhr’s mother

recovered countless videos from

his computer and from VHS tapes

that survived Hurricane Sandy. The

tapestry speaks the language with

which Peep reached his audience

through social media and Soundcloud.

The archival collage has echoes

of Amy, Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning

portrait of Amy Winehouse,

who died at 27. Jones says that

no film influenced Everybody’s

Everything but cites Brett Morgen’s

kaleidoscopic Kurt Cobain film

Montage of Heck as a music doc

that fired him up.

Silyan thinks that Everybody’s

Everything and Amy, while different,

share philosophies. “Amy made

you feel like you knew her on an

intimate level,” observes Silyan. “It

wasn’t really about her music. It

was about demystifying her. I hope

people feel like they got to know

Gus. Not Peep, but Gus.”

Both directors agree their

subject, like Cobain or Winehouse,

remains unique when social media

offers someone their 15 minutes of

fame every day. “The reality is that

there’s never going to be another

Lil’ Peep, just like there’s never

going to be another Kurt Cobain,”

says Silyan. “These are once in a

lifetime artists.” ,

Everybody’s Everything is screening

Nov. 14 at the Danforth Music Hall

(Toronto)

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