Between 1976 and 1980, young Manhattan photographer David Godlis documented the nightly goings-on at the Bowery’s legendary CBGB, “the undisputed birthplace of punk rock,” with a vividly distinctive style of night photography. Lewie and Noah Kloster bring his photos to life with electrifying immediacy, bolstered by black-and-white watercolor animation, a rollicking soundtrack, and voiceover narration by Godlis himself.
Nick Kush: Part of what I love most about documentary filmmaking is the immersion into previously unknown worlds — places and moments I never had the chance to experience until watching the documentary. In the case of Shots in the Dark With David Godlis, it’s the growing punk rock scene in 1970s New York. Even in seven minutes, it brings this moment back to life with a blend of Godlis’ photography and watercolor animation . It’s one of the few documentary shorts I’d love to see expanded out into a feature.
Directed & Animated by Lewie and Noah Kloster
Producer: Giovanni Fumu
Executive Producers: Maximilian Selim and Kimbo Kim
Sound Design: David Britton
Colorist: Samuel Gursky (Irving Harvey)
Music Provided by Numero Group
Thank You: Emily Kreusch, Tom Ishizuka, Aidan Stadler, Lissette Emma, and Brad M. Bailey
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