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There’s already a documentary on the Astroworld disaster–and the court cases haven’t even begun

Back in November, people were killed and scores were injured during a stage crush at the Astroworld festival in Houston. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed, meaning that the legal fallout could continue for years.\

Here’s where things get sticky in the state of Texas. A documentary on what happened entitled Concert Crush is set to open in the state’s theatres. Lawyers for the defendants (which includes Live Nation) say that the exhibition of a film like this has the potential to taint the jury pool.

The filmmaker is Charlie Miin whose previous work tackled the Las Vegas concert shooting back in 2017 along with Florida’s Parkland school shooting.

Here’s a trailer.

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2 thoughts on “There’s already a documentary on the Astroworld disaster–and the court cases haven’t even begun

  • Lawyers lawyering. How can you block public discourse on something that happened quite publicly? Maybe they should instead focus on getting into court in a timely fashion before juries are biased by this and any other documentary that will be made. There are already lots of articles and news reports out there about the incident anyways.

    I hope this doesn’t pan out like the Radiohead stage collapse. LiveNation dragged that on for 8 or so years and the outcome was no justice for anyone.

  • This article does a good job of summing up my feelings. I check at least every couple of days to see if there has been a final cause released. I feel a little frustrated when there’s nothing, but then I feel relief that the family and friends of Taylor Hawkins are able to have privacy.

    If the cause of death is never released, I don’t feel bitter or resentful. It just means I have to accept it and move on. Not knowing does not change my love for the band or the way the music has and continues to affect me. I still love them. It’s easy to forget that, even though I know Foo Fighters love what they do and appreciate their audience, they are still doing a job when they create and perform. Most people can clock out after work and go home. We have to be self aware enough to let them have their time off the clock and respect their boundaries.


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