synopsis + backstory

Zack Godshall
Producer | Director | Camera | Sound | Editor
Emilie Taylor
Co-producer | Graphic Designer
Shane Monds
Documentary Feature | 82 Minutes
USA | 2008/2009 | 16x9
Shooting Format: HD
  Special Thanks To:
  Luke Tidwell, Colby Johnson, Dennis Sipiorski, Gary LaFleur, Rita Herman, Chauvin Sculpture Garden and Nicholls State University Art Studio, Greenback Museum, Lisa Schuricht, Jana Godshall and the Acadiana Film Festival, Cheryl Castille and Cite des Arts of Lafayette, Louisiana, Kevin DiBenedetto and Studio 151 at LSU, Ashlye Keaton, ELLA, and the New Orleans Arts Council, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Kenneth Schwartz and the Tulane School of Architecture's Dean's Fund for Excellence, TSA class of '73 Traveling Fellowship, Lane and Laurie Godshall
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Zack Godshall

After earning an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA in 2005, Zachary Godshall returned to his native south Louisiana, where he continues to live and work. With an ongoing interest in the stories and people of Louisiana, Godshall has combined his background in literature, photography, and film to produce a unique and sensitive view of his subject matter. His first feature film, LOW AND BEHOLD– an Official Selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival – weaves fiction with non-fiction to create an unflinching yet touching story of friendship and loss in post-Katrina New Orleans. Godshall recently completed GOD'S ARCHITECTS, a documentary film that tells the stories of several divinely inspired builders, and he currently teaches film and screen writing at LSU in Baton Rouge while he works to produce LORD BYRON, a fictional film about an aimless man in search of the good life.


Emilie Taylor

Also a native of South Louisiana, Emilie currently works at the Tulane School of Architecture as an instructor and as coordinator of design build projects for the Tulane City Center. Taylor’s education includes a technical building background at the University of Southern Mississippi followed by a Masters Degree in Architecture at Tulane. She is actively involved in university design|build and advocates for the engagement of such programs with the local community. Before the storm and the rebuilding efforts that followed, Emilie conducted a traveling fellowship across the south to meet, document, and study these divinely inspired self-taught builders. The lecture given at the end of that fellowship was a way of introducing these folk architects and their works to the design community. Between furniture making and screen printing experiments, Emilie is in the process of compiling a book on these makers and their inspired creations.