5年 is a brief retrospective of D-22, a venue in Beijing that has helped to incubate some of China's best-known indie and punk bands. Though this mini-documentary was occasioned by the 5th anniversary of D-22, it isn't as much about the venue as the artists who have used it as a home base since it opened in May 2006.
5年 covers two Beijing music communities that D-22 has helped to create. The first is "No Beijing", a self-selected banner adapted from the seminal No Wave compilation No New York and adopted by bands like Carsick Cars, Hedgehog, Queen Sea Big Shark, Snapline, and The Gar to give their musical generation a name. 5年 incorporates interviews and live footage from these musicians to track D-22's role in giving them an identity and a platform for developing and refining their sound.
The second portion offers a snapshot of Zoomin' Night, a weekly experimental music showcase launched in August 2009 that takes place every Tuesday at D-22. As its organizer Zhu Wenbo notes, Zoomin' Night is an "open stage" for mostly college-aged students to freely operate at the avant garde of Chinese music. Sometimes great, sometimes bad, and often off-putting to the casual concert-goer, Zoomin' Night is a true experiment — and one that is enabled by D-22's continued mission of incubating new music regardless of possible commercial appeal.
5年 is a pangbianr production. It was shot, edited, and subtitled by Maya Rudolph, Benny Shaffer, Lulu Chow and Josh Feola.
Interviews: Zhang Shouwang (Carsick Cars, White+), Michael Pettis (Founder of D-22/Maybe Mars), Yang Haisong (PK14), Li Yan (Rustic), Li Qing (Snapline, Soviet Pop), Li Weisi (Snapline, Soviet Pop), Zhu Wenbo (Fat City, 小红与小小红, Zoomin' Night Organizer)
Featuring live footage and the music of: White+, PK14, Birdstriking, Carsick Cars, Xiao Hong Yu Xiao Xiao Hong, Fat City, Discord, Luxinpei, NMLK, The Offset: Spectacles, Soju Legion, Which Park, Simon Frank, Golden Driver, Yan Yulong, Rustic, Zhang Shouwang, No Words, Li Tieqiao and Xiu Di, Joe's Heart, Soviet Pop, Chuiwan, A4 Destroyer (Liu Xinyu and Yan Yulong)