Adam Gunther’s score for Naz & Maalik, directed by Jay Dockendorf, accompanies two closeted Muslim teens in Brooklyn on one afternoon when nothing goes right. As the boys are pushed to their limit by nosey law enforcement, the music moves from beat-oriented to abstract and back until the bittersweet finale. The music is emotional and knowing, in the tradition of Hollywood, but uses a decidedly contemporary sonic palette. Gunther’s score refracts Flying Lotus and Debussy into an impressionistic hip-hop that reflects the thoughts and feelings of Naz and Maalik as well as the soul of their Bed-Stuy neighborhood.
Naz & Maalik will be playing at Cinema Village in Manhattan from January 22nd-29th, 2016 and will be released on VOD and DVD January 29th by Wolfe Releasing.
Adam Gunther is an LA-based producer and composer. He has released two full-length records under the name Dzang: XLO (2014) and Lotion (2015). Naz & Maalik is his first feature-length score and first collaboration with Dockendorf.