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Here to Eternity with The Godz

Here to Eternity with The Godz is a psychoactive documentary about The Godz, one of the first psychedelic rock bands.

The film features Larry Kessler (1941- ) of The Godz, a pioneering psychedelic rock band once part of Bernard Stollman’s supremely strange ESP-Disk record label. Albums by The Godz – Contact High With The Godz (1966), Godz 2 (1967), and Third Testament of The Godz (1968) – took psychedelia deep into spacey freak-outs. The Godz also worked for ESP-DIsk, helping produce Sun Ra, The Fugs, Albert Ayler, Timothy Leary, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker, etc.

Fifty years later, Larry Kessler returns to the New York City neighborhood where The Godz made their music. We encounter his inner Buddha, and the viewer is transported into the past and well beyond.

The soundtrack to Here to Eternity with The Godz includes an excerpt from “Permanent Green Light” by The Godz (from Godz 2), and features an original musical score of psychedelic noise by Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), Blake Fleming (The Mars Volta), and Dino Sorbello (Laughing Sky). Additional footage includes excerpts from “The Godz” (1966) by Jud Yalkut.

According to infamous rock critic Lester Bangs: “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.”
(“Do the Godz Speak Esperanto?” Creem Magazine, December, 1971.)

If accepted, subtitles will be added in any language.

  • Jeffrey Wengrofsky
  • Jeffrey Wengrofsky
  • Jeffrey Wengrofsky
  • Larry Kessler
    Key Cast
    The Godz
  • Kid Congo Powers
    Music Score
    The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • Blake Fleming
    Music Score
    The Mars Volta, Laddio Bolocko, Dazzling Killmen
  • Dino Sorbello
    Music Score
    Laughing Sky
  • Brendan McGowan
  • Brian Wengrofsky
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    music, psychedelic, space, drugs, 1960s, meaning of life, creativity, indie music, rock, experimental music
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Psychedelic Film and Music Festival 2020
    New York City
    United States
    November 15, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    United States
    September 8, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Melbourne Underground FIlm Festival 2019
    November 15, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Sydney Underground FIlm Festival 2019
    September 15, 2019
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • TORN PAGE - the home of Rip Torn and Geraldine Page
    New York City
    United States
    February 16, 2019
    By invitation of Speakeasy Cinema
  • Hollyweed Film Festival 2019
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 29, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2019
    United States
    November 4, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Secrets of Outer Space - LA
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 23, 2019
    Offciial Selection
  • Secrets of Outer Space NYC 2019
    New York City
    United States
    January 29, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jeffrey Wengrofsky

Jeffrey Wengrofsky is a filmmaker and writer living in the City of New York. He has produced and directed nine documentary films about artists.

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