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Atomic Retro Customs: The Electric Guitars of Matt Nowicki

Matt Nowicki is a luthier in North Carolina building electric guitars that have become famous for their retro designs and custom details. This short documentary explores his process for constructing electric guitars and the inspiration behind his designs: classic science fiction and old-world craftsmanship.

  • Wei Ying
  • Geoff Groberg
  • Wei Ying
  • Geoff Groberg
  • Matt Nowicki
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    documentary, sci-fi, short, music, woodwork, craftsman, student, southern, guitar, first time filmmaker
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Wei Ying, Geoff Groberg

Wei Ying is currently an MFA candidate in the documentary film program at Wake Forest University, and is a producer, editor and cinematographer at Wrought Iron Productions. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Renmin University of China. Before she came to the United States, she interned at Dongyang News Station and was an assistant producer for a documentary series on Chinese history that aired on The Movie Channel of China Central Television. Besides documentary, her passions include various styles of music, fiction films and life.

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Director Statement

I have a belief in documentary as an honest and cinematic way to tell astonishing stories.