[UPDATE 6/23/21] In celebration of movie theaters reopening, and live music returning to The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, Trafalgar Releasing has announced a one-night-only 2021 theatrical release date for the new documentary, Enormous: The Gorge Story.

The film chronicles how a family-owned Washington winery with a makeshift, plywood stage eventually became The Gorge, an internationally renowned concert venue that has attracted more than seven million fans—and the world’s biggest musicians—to a patch of rural farmland “150 miles from nowhere.” From the venue’s origins to its social impact, this heartfelt documentary blends together personal stories from music icons Dave Matthews, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Jason Mraz, and Steve Miller with the emotional narratives of several fans.

The film was initially set to premiere in similar one-night-only fashion in 2020 before the pandemic caused the release to be pushed. The one-night-only event will now take place on July 21st, 2021 with additional screenings in select locations.

In addition to the full-length film, the theatrical screenings will feature exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with Portugal. The Man, Dierks Bentley, and Phantogram. The night will also include a world premiere of “The Enormisodes”, five mini-documentaries about The Gorge, along with a blooper reel featuring Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, and Mike McCready, among others.

“With The Gorge reopening this July, after more than a year of shuttered theaters, music venues, and a dire lack of live communal experiences, Enormous: The Gorge Story couldn’t be releasing at a better time,” said the film’s director, Nic Davis, in a statement. “Our film is about the power of place. And the power of community. And how some great music got millions of people from around the world to dance together on a patch of rural farmland. Enormous captures the experiences we have all been missing this last year and can’t wait to get back to.”

For more information about Enormous: The Gorge Story, head to the film’s website. For a list of participating theater locations and showtimes, click here.


[2/12/20] The trailer for Enormous: The Gorge Story, a documentary about The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, was released on YouTube on Wednesday.

Related: The Story Of The Gorge: How A Broken Dam & Attempted Winery Created The Gorgeous Amphitheatre

The trailer begins with testimony from the people who are responsible for The Gorge Amphitheater existing today about the long odds they faced in creating one of the country’s most beloved venues.

Martin Hansen, The Gorge co-founder, opens the trailer by reflecting, “I can recall saying, ‘who the hell would come here?'” The trailer continues with more of the discouraging sentiment that surrounded the creation of The Gorge, with Jeff Trisler, George Amphitheater promoter, saying, “I thought, ‘well this looks like a pretty crappy place to have a show.’ But I filed it away as ‘someday, something’s gonna happen out here.'”

It then jumps forward to The Gorge fans know and love today, as testimonials from musicians including Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCreadySteve Miller, Dave MatthewsJason Mraz, and Dierks Bentley, are interspersed with b-roll of revelers at the beloved amphitheater.

“I had given up on music,” Mike McCready says. “But that Stevie Ray Vaughan concert here at The Gorge put me back on the path of music. The next day I was like, ‘I have to play the guitar again. I have to do it.'”

“If I look into The Gorge,” Dave Matthews says. “I realize my significance is, if not exactly the same, more or less the same as a mosquito.”

Miller puts his affinity for The Gorge much more simply, “You should probably go to The Gorge if you like to have a good time, camp, party. See ya there.”

Watch the trailer for The Gorge documentary, Enormous: The Gorge Story.

Enormous: The Gorge Story (Official Trailer)

[Video: Trafalgar Releasing]

Enormous: The Gorge Story will play in theaters for one night only on April 28th. In addition to interviews with artists, it also features footage from performances at the legendary venue by musicians including Bob DylanMumford & SunsElvis Costello, Heart, Shakey Graves, and more. Screenings of the film will also include exclusive interviews with HozierPhantogram, and Portugal. The Man, plus five mini-documentaries about the venue entitled “The Enormisodes”. Head to the Enormous: The Gorge Story website for ticket details and more information.