“Silverlake scenester Jean Railla bought a video camera with her first credit card and set out to document the excitement surrounding her friends' bands. The resulting Five Nights Out is an inspired time capsule of LA’s 1993 alt-punk scene, featuring Possum Dixon, Ethyl Meatplow, Beck, Glue and the Abe Lincoln Story. The film offers an insider’s view of these bands on and off the stage, intercut with party antics such as drunken reminisces in a bathtub, a midnight heavy metal aerobics session and mambo breakdancing in Beck’s living room.”
— LA WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW
"Five Nights Out is an energizing time machine in the shape of a hyperactive love letter. As budding filmmaker Jean Railla makes her way through the Los Angeles music scene of the 1990s, her curious adventures take on an almost mythic quality, chronicling the hopes and dreams of a generation struggling to do what they love, with whom they love, while they still have young years to live. As Railla's subjects sing, dance, share their daily routines, recount their employment histories, and fill their nights creating a cheeky chosen family, a story subtly emerges of those who 'make it' and those who don't, of the difference between fleeting commercial success and enduring community support, of the undeniable power of building connection in the dark and making a joyful noise, no matter who sees or hears."
— MICAH BUCEY, FILM CRITIC, SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE
“A speedy exploration of underground music and culture that flourished in LA during the 1990’s — east of Hollywood & Vine, and far, far away from the Sunset Strip”
— ROB ZABRECKY, ACTOR, MAGICIAN, MUSICIAN
“... a rare and real document of the life on the eastside of Los Angeles in the 1990s - that, perhaps better than anything I’ve ever seen - captures that community at a creative peak that would soon influence the way an entire nation, or even the world, viewed art, music, and lifestyle.”
— DAN KOEPPEL, AUTHOR OF BANANA: THE FATE OF THE FRUIT THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
“...a loopy, cocktail-soaked romp through backstages, seedy bars, rehearsal studios, back alleys and back porches of after-hours, twenty-something LA. It features pals of Railla's who are on the verge of making it, like Possum Dixon, Beck, and Glue, as well as hordes of scenesters, hangers on, and party crashers. Unlike Penelope Sphere's The Decline of a Western Civilization, Five Nights Out is doubly interesting because Railla was already firmly entrenched in the scene she documents.”
— PLEASANT, GEHMAN, THE LA READER
“Jean Railla gives us a look at what’s it’s like to be one of the hip young denizens of the local music scene, packing us along as she attends various house parties, where people like Beck are just plain folk hanging out."