Goodnight Brooklyn - The Story of Death By Audio

Directed by Matthew Conboy

Death By Audio, an underground art and music venue, is forced to close in 2014. The film focuses on the struggles of maintaining a community in the face of Brooklyn property development, hostile construction workers, and a one billion-dollar company.

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  • ★★★★ review by Andrew Jupin on Letterboxd

    I didn't expect to be affected by this doc as much as I was. I guess if you've ever lived in a place that had any kind of creative community that you felt even remotely a part of or attached to, this just might drum up those feelings and memories for you. And if your place is still there, at least you won't get sad.

    I never got around to seeing anything at Death by Audio and now after seeing Matt Conboy's great doc, I regret it terribly. What a fantastic group of dedicated, passionate, creative people who put their blood sweat and tears into creating such an amazing DIY space for art & music to flourish. Nothing but the utmost respect for every last one of them.

    It's infuriating to see how they were taken out by that "hip" news empire, that corporate machine masquerading as an underground cultural barometer known as Vice. Nothing is more ironically aggravating.

    So much of the Williamsburg I knew when I came to this city over ten years ago is gone, and this film is a grand document of not only an important institution that is no longer in the neighborhood, but a very special period of time there that's also all but over.

    I know that's a clichéd complaint, and the folks that were there in the 90s said the same thing when my friends and I started going to bars and playing shows there, but just because it's a well-worn complaint doesn't make it any less valid. At least those people only had to see different kinds of music and art get made—and maybe a few less murders happen.

    Now as people can't afford to even live there anymore, we have to walk down Bedford Avenue and look at things like Starbucks and Gap and whatever other conglomerated horseshit pile in while some dude in a three piece suit that costs more than my rent walks into a Duane Reade to buy pretzels. It's just a real bummer.

    Listen to small bands. Go to tiny art galleries. Write your own stories.

    Whatever you do, don't read Vice.

  • ★★★½ review by np1048 on Letterboxd

    What sounds like a for fans only doc turned out to be really enjoyable and carries a message that you don't have to dig too deep down to find.

  • ★★★★ review by lucywu on Letterboxd

    即便是以類似家庭電影的方式拍攝也生動呈現了DBA的始末興衰,其中的音樂能量與情感都讓人動容,望能喚起大眾對DIY空間與藝術的重視。

  • ★★★★★ review by TrevorsHaircut on Letterboxd

    Watch it for the culture.

  • ★★★★ review by elliepe on Letterboxd

    καληνύχτα Death by Audio

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