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The director behind the Endless Daze festival film details what it’s like to be a part of “history in the making”

Roundabout Films is the creative outlet of Barry de Villiers and is focused primarily on the music industry in and around Cape Town. 

Established in 2012 as an independent label, the name has built a solid reputation for its stylised avant-garde music videos and coverage of explosive live performances.

But perhaps the brightest plume in De Villiers’ cap has been his work on Psych Night’s Endless Daze Festival, creating three after movies that span the length of a short feature film.

When I question him about what it means to him to be involved with Endless Daze in such an integral way he responds swiftly, “It feels like being part of history in the making.”

“I think what Psych Night and Vans are doing here is momentous for the local music scene. All you need to do is look at the local underground bands that are flourishing because they have this platform to work off. Not only does it affect our local bands, but also our crowds, who are exposed to music and bands that they wouldn’t have been exposed to without Endless Daze.”

And while de Villiers’ words ring true, Endless Daze had their fair share of criticism last year, after announcing their first wave of artists, for its lack of diversity across the board.

Perhaps through de Villiers’ after movies, critics will be able to see, a little further down the line that excluding any sub-culture, genre or person, was the last thing on Psych Night’s mind.

“The festival is an experience in the moment, and the film attempts to capture a moment of that experience, to be relived later, even 50 years from now.”

But exactly how much planning goes into this intense two-day shoot? “We gather the crew. We have some meetings over some beers. At the festival it’s all go. Besides filming the bands, we try and capture as much of the festival spirit as possible. It’s hard work, and hard fun. Two long days and nights of almost constant shooting and being alert so that we don’t miss the songs we need to film. We need to count songs so that we are ready to shoot the song the band asked for. The big payoff is to put down our cameras at the end of the last night and enjoy the headlining band once we have finished filming their songs.”

“By the time of the screening I have watched the film hundreds of times so one can get a bit tired of it,” he laughs when asked about how it feels to final get to the end of the road with the after movie.

“But watching it at the screening with a room full of attentive people is a whole new experience. Hearing the people oooh and aaah, and laugh and cheer, is the biggest reward one can ask for after all the hard work. We can all enjoy the bands together again. There is a feeling of pride, and relief once the credits go up. The film didn’t freeze, people seemed to enjoy it, now I can relax with a beer or two.”

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Enjoy a few pics below from the screening at Raptor Room courtesy of Leigh Groenemeyer.