Back in June, I illustrated a poster for It Happened But Nobody Noticed, a documentary about the Connecticut punk/new wave scene from 1978 to 1988. Opening night was this past Sunday, and I had a front row seat for the second sold-out screening.
The vibe in the room was warm and friendly, like a less awkward high school reunion. Packed mostly with folks who were actually doing their punk rocking between ’78 and ’88, the nostalgia was contagious. One of the moments that made my night was seeing the It Happened poster signed by attendees of both screenings.
In my opinion, the film is fantastic. However, there’s a strong possibility that I’m biased, as it is the story of the beginnings of a music scene that I would later become a part of. Nonetheless, it is a look at a sliver of punk rock history, and I get the idea that even those outside of Connecticut would find it entertaining. Featuring new interviews and grainy archive footage, It Happened tells a complete story and succeeds in transporting the viewer back in time. Congratulations to the filmmakers, JL Sonic and EM Schrader, for putting together a sincere documentary.