Steve Angello

Steve Angello executive producing new documentary

Steve Angello may not be a part of Swedish House Mafia anymore but he is expanding his talents beyond music by producing a new documentary called The Last Free Space about a makeshift homeless city.

The subject is a community called Slab City, California, an impoverished locale occupied by denizens who were forced there by lack of work and, oddly, those who chose to live there as a means of leaving modern civilization behind. This curious mix of inhabitants inspired Angello to produce the documentary, as directed by fellow Swede Clara Tägtström, a photographer.

Slab City is housed on the site of a former, abandoned military base; as described, years of human waste and leftover military accouterments have created a toxic atmosphere that nonetheless attract new residents, both by choice and default.

Angello is no stranger to the silver screen, with the Swedish House Mafia documentaries Take One and Leave the World Behind chronicling the exploding success and later demise of the EDM supergroup. His own solo album Wild Youth was accompanied, upon release, by a series of music videos that functioned as a de facto documentary chronicling his life until that point.

No release date has yet to be announced for the documentary.

Watch the trailer for The Last Free Space below:

Deep in the California Badlands, east of the dying Salton Sea, lies the remains of an old artillery base. Abandoned for decades, there’s little trace of the machinery of war. In its place, an unlikely settlement found its roots, clinging to the stripped concrete slabs that the desert does its best to swallow. This is Slab City – The Last Free Space. It’s always been a unique community, a kinship and culture flourishing in the dust. But now, more than ever, the desert whispers salvation to those looking to escape society. Everyone’s got their own story, some choose to call this ramshackle mecca home; others don’t have a choice. Nothing’s ever come easy to those that find themselves on the Slabs. Decades of human waste and scattered military ordnance make this a poisonous and dangerous place to live. Its inhospitable nature keeps the developers, local authorities and the lazy arm of the law at bay. Still, many make this their permanent home, living in trailers and tents with no electricity or running water. Together, they brave the extreme conditions – the sandstorms, the searing heat of the summer, the freezing nights of winter – so, as they gather around the fire, they can take solace in the fact that they answer to no one. The Last Free Space trains its gaze on this golden-lit wasteland, a world that is as harsh and unforgiving as it is tender and majestic. In moving portraits of its inhabitants, we’ll find beauty and hope so close to despair, forcing us to wonder about the true cost of living a free life. ____ A film by Clara Tägtström Executive producer Steve Angello The Last Free Space

Posted by Steve Angello on Tuesday, June 20, 2017