What We Started - Bert Marcus Productions | Bert Marcus Film
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Directed by Bert Marcus & Cyrus Saidi


Directed by Bert Marcus & Cyrus Saidi


A generationally defining and definitive film covering the electronic dance music genre from start to now and delving into its dichotomies between the underground start and the current mainstream boom. WHAT WE STARTED aims to establish itself as the defining film of the electronic music genre. Through an artfully crafted narrative and stunning visual techniques, the film delves into the highly popular world of electronic dance music, providing backdoor access to a widely misunderstood, self-driven and well-insulated industry on its way to global domination. The narrative leads with the legacy of Carl Cox and following with newcomer, Martin Garrix, as the film explores the parallels between Cox's undeniable influence and hand in the evolution of dance music and Garrix's formation of mainstream genres and global fame.


Stars Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Moby, Usher, David Guetta, Erick Morillo, Paul Oakenfold, and Ed Sheeran
The Best
Named the best film made on the genre
Was one of the top documentaries globally upon its release
Theatrical distribution followed by Netflix global release, 2018
Reached No. 1 on iTunes Documentary Chart


Premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, 2017
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"WHAT WE STARTED is the best electronic music film of our time, offering a precisely accurate adaptation of the evolving scene and its worldwide domination"
"WHAT WE STARTED is a stunner. Absolutely gorgeous and boasting high production values, there is a glossy polish to the film that grabs you visually and then leads you into the aural soundscape. A technical stunner."

By Behind the Lens
"What We Started will be essential viewing"