Premiere – January 29, 2019 – Gene Frankel Theater (24 Bond Street, Manhattan)
Brooklyn screening – February 9, 2019 – Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn)
Berkeley Video and Film Festival – October-November 2019 (Berkeley Media Center, CA)
Here to Eternity with The Godz is a short documentary film linking psychedelic creativity with the unshakable mysteries of life: where are we, why are we, and are we? The film features Larry Kessler of The Godz, stalwarts of Bernard Stillman’s supremely strange ESP-Disk record label, whose albums – Contact High With The Godz (1966). Godz 2 (1967), and Third Testament of The Godz (1968) – are weird and noisy by any standard.
According to Lester Bangs (“Do the Godz Speak Esperanto?”) in Creem Magazine (December, 1971): “What makes [The Godz] so special? Well, theoretically, anybody can play like that, but in actual practice, it just ain’t so. Most people would be too stultified – after all, what’s the point of doing it if anybody can? – and as for you, you probably ain’t got the balls to do it, and even if you did, you’d never carry it through like a true Godzly musical maniac must to qualify. You’d just pick it up and tootle a few bars to prove something, and that’s entirely different. Me, I could do it because I have been years, even before I heard of the Godz. All it takes is insane persistence and a total disregard for everything but getting that yawp out of you if you gotta howl at the moon, and obviously most folks aren’t gonna howl at the moon just to prove a point. But the Godz would! And not to prove a point, but because they like howling at the moon! Which is what sets them apart.”
Here to Eternity with The Godz was directed by Jeffrey Wengrofsky, shot by Brian Wengrofsky, and stabbed repeatedly by Brendan McGowan.
Original music score by: Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) on guitar, Blake Fleming (The Mars Volta, Laddio Bolocko) on percussion, and Dino Sorbello (Laughing Sky, Jynx and Dino) on theremin.