PUSH is an experiential documentary about die hard fans. In the summer of 2000, young Arusha Baker and friends recorded their lives following The Cure on tour across America. Jenn, Natalie, Jeff, Ian, and Automne, to name a few. All people from different cities. All who met each other following *this* band. What did they discover? What drove them to spend countless hours in line, thousands of dollars they didn't have, and more time traveling than they care to admit? And what happens *after* you meet your biggest idols? Does that experience make you, or break you? What does this do to the friendhips made from it all? 16 years later, Arusha's gang hits the road again. Cure tour 2016. But who is still in the gang?
PUSH takes the viewer into the longstanding, underground world of Cure Fans. A deeply personal, autobiographical journey, PUSH shows us a side of rock and roll life which doesn't get much airplay, but is more common than expected.
Circling above and under the mainstream rock scene for decades, The Cure became cult heroes in the UK by the end of their first tour in 1979. By the 80's, their cult status took America like an ominous storm, and swept up the likes of Arusha and friends in it's wake. As she would discover, her superfan journey was remarkably like many. Passionate, yet misunderstood. With curiosity, and sometimes contempt, friends and family ask - why? Why follow a band? For women, negative assumptions linger. Groupies. Nowhere girls. Outsiders. But this doesn't stop the die-hards. They are there for one reason: the music. On the road, she belonged. Touring is *how* she found this underground, extended family.
Perhaps, The Cure see their fans as a part of it all as well. But as a fan, is it possible to ever *really* know the answer? Frontman Robert Smith, and bandmates, gave Arusha permission to film some shows, and occasionally after the gig. Said permissions were *very* limited. Sometimes, discouragingly so. The road is a bumpy one indeed. But worth it. PUSH takes us through the side streets of post punk history, highlighting universal themes of connection, passion, fellowship, and our need to be heard and seen. Such rawness, however, can only exist with doubt, introspection, and emotional exhaustion.
To this day, The Cure are selling out stadiums. The fan legion grows, and spans all ages. Mother and fathers now understand - they bring their kids with overjoyed pride. Fans still travel across the globe for a single gig. As PUSH shows, for some, following your favorite band is not just a passing phase, it's a way of living life.