You Need to Watch This Right Now: No Cameras Allowed


No Cameras Allowed is a documentary that, if you have an hour and a half to spare, you need to see immediately. The film begins by introducing us to Marcus Haney, who at the time was a student in USC’s film school.  It then takes us through Marcus’s journey from the moment when he and his buddy arrived at the seemingly crazy idea to sneak into Coachella. The plan, miraculously, works, and it marks the beginning of Marcus’s music festival-infiltrating adventures.  The ensuing events seem like they were taken straight out of a festival fanatic’s wildest dreams. Through lots of fast talking, careful planning, and a bit of luck we watch how Marcus ends up sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in music such as Mumford and Sons, Jay-Z, and Skrillex at some of the biggest venues like Ultra, the Glastonbury Music Festival, and Austin City Limits. It is a story that seems too good to be true, but is impossible to make up.

For people who love music festivals, No Cameras Allowed offers one of the rawest behind the scenes perspectives out there. Marcus’s footage does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit and energy of the festivals, not to mention the performers themselves. What really makes this documentary so great, however, is that once you’re done watching it, you cannot help but feel a sense of inspiration and hope in the fact that dreams like this can still be lived out in this day and age. The film challenges you to think big and to chase what you want in life. Marcus was just an average guy with a passion; if he can do something this incredible then why can’t we? His story is proof that sometimes it is still rational to pursue the irrational, and that sometimes that leap of faith can be the greatest thing that will ever happen to you. People, especially college students, need more of this mentality; the mentality that, like Marcus, they should not be afraid to do things differently or think outside of the box a little bit. If you have a seemingly ridiculous idea or want to do something great, you should go for it because otherwise you will never know how it will turn out. With a lot of determination and a little bit of luck what happened to Marcus might just happen to you.

Taking a step backwards, it is obvious that Marcus was indeed very lucky with how things worked out for him. During this time where the media is thoroughly saturated with one tragedy after another, however, it is refreshing to watch someone like Marcus succeed. It will be very interesting to see where Marcus’s career path will take him next. Personally, I would love to see a sequel of some sort about the life after, because he definitely hasn’t stopped sneaking into festivals since then. All in all, Marcus was just an average guy in his senior year in college who still managed to do this unbelievable thing with his life. If you want a pick-me-up, or want to watch something that will keep you smiling the whole way, No Cameras Allowed is for you. Please just do yourself a favor and watch it—it’s that good.

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