Cropped Out

Cropped Out is a music festival each year in Louisville, Kentucky that assembles unclassifiable, skull-scratching, improbable, and iconoclastic DIY musicians, artists, and weirdos for a celebration of the musical edges that have, until now, been “cropped out of the conversation.” And it all takes place along the Ohio River on the sprawling, crumbling campus of an imagined haunted country club. 
Though the festival is well-attended and regarded, little priority has been given to visual documentation, which poses challenges in booking and marketing the event. 
Since Cropped Out is such a unique entity, we decided to capture as much of the music, aesthetic, and character through a short documentary. We wanted not only to create an artifact, but to give curious people a sense of Cropped Out's sights, sounds, and ethos, and hopefully, shift curiosity to participation in years to come. 
“The level of imagination and ingenuity we encounter at Cropped Out every year is inspiring and, in a way, embarrassing - like, ‘what can I do to tap into that sense of energy and fearlessness?’ There’s real magic on those decaying docks.” 
Casey Chalmers, Creative Director
Cropped Out is a music festival each year in Louisville, Kentucky that assembles unclassifiable, skull-scratching, improbable, and iconoclastic DIY musicians, artists, and weirdos for a celebration of the musical edges that have, until now, been “cropped out of the conversation.” And it all takes place along the Ohio River on the sprawling, crumbling campus of an imagined haunted country club. 
Though the festival is well-attended and regarded, little priority has been given to visual documentation, which poses challenges in booking and marketing the event. 
Since Cropped Out is such a unique entity, we decided to capture as much of the music, aesthetic, and character through a short documentary. We wanted not only to create an artifact, but to give curious people a sense of Cropped Out's sights, sounds, and ethos, and hopefully, shift curiosity to participation in years to come. 
“The level of imagination and ingenuity we encounter at Cropped Out every year is inspiring and, in a way, embarrassing - like, ‘what can I do to tap into that sense of energy and fearlessness?’ There’s real magic on those decaying docks.” 
Casey Chalmers, Creative Director