Documentary screens on Astroworld stampede in New Braunfels on Monday | Community Alert

A survivor said the gig should have ended before it started because conditions were ripe for the stampede that killed 10 people last November.

The story of what happened at RNG Park in Houston on the night of November 5, 2021 may never be fully explained. Those who survived the 11-minute influx of spectators outside Travis Scott’s concert stage said it could have been avoided.

It’s all featured in a free screening of an 85-minute documentary about the tragedy Monday night at EVO Cinemas Creekside 14, 214 Creekside Way in New Braunfels. “Concert Crush” takes viewers on a minute-by-minute account of the concert in which more than 50,000 people paid $300 to attend, and left more than 300 people dead and injured.

Charlie Minn also produced and directed “Miracle on 4th Street”, his documentary about the November 5, 2017 mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in which 26 people were murdered and 20 others injured by a man. 26 years old from New Braunfels. .

Minn’s latest film also features the voices of those who witnessed the night of the Astroworld stampede. A crowd swelled even further by gate jumpers in a practice encouraged by Scott, and thousands were caught up in the stampede that left 10 dead and more than 300 injured.

“I know a lot of people from your area traveled there to watch it because Travis Scott has a huge following,” Minn said from New York on Wednesday. “We come back six months later and everything is still not resolved.

“The investigation is ongoing, but that’s it. It’s a horrible situation and it was something that was preventable. You go to concerts to have a good time instead of fighting for your life.

Thousands of people had attended Astroworld music festivals since they were established by Scott in 2018. But the rap music star’s concerts had gained notoriety for controversies and legal issues over security concerns, and the deadly melee led to dozens of lawsuits filed against the City of Houston and Scott. , whose representatives commented directly on the documentary.

The film shows Scott encouraging a fan to jump out of a tree and into the crowd of spectators within 50 feet of the stage. Survivors and attorneys cited two areas of the festival, the main entrance and security checkpoints, without enough officers to stop crowds from rushing to the stage.

Scott recognized an ambulance in the crowd as a limp body surfed forward, implying he must have known something was wrong.

“Don’t tell me he didn’t know what was going on when he saw the ambulance,” Minn said. “I think he just wanted to get through the set. He’s had gigs before where people got hurt. He thinks ‘I can float on water here, and everyone is bowing to me.’

Also absent from the film are statements or comments from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner of the Houston Police Department, and does not mention the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, all among those named in civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims and their families.

Minn said Scott, 30, singing his hit “Sicko Mode” at a private pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles on March 26 — his first performance since the tragedy — only got richer while others had to recover and cry.

“I do what I can to give voice to victims and survivors,” said Minn, whose 34 films include sales to Lions Gate, Investigation Discovery and Gravitas Ventures, 23 of which have aired on Amazon Prime. “Every story fades away. We have 10 people who have lost their lives and no one has been arrested. No one is in jail; everyone has gotten richer.

Concert Crush will open in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Austin and several other cities in Texas on April 29. To learn more, visit https://www.concertcrushfilm.com.

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