Nov 30 - Dec 06, 2012
(Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson, USA, 2012, 87 min)
Known as the father of “freeform” radio, DJ Bob Fass hosted Radio Unnameable in the 1960s, creating a show whose format mixed town hall forum and party. Broadcast on New York’s WBAI, one of the nation's first listener-sponsored non-commercial radio stations, Fass transformed mass media into mass movement. Whether raising bail money for draft dodgers, organizing neighborhood clean-ups, or gathering supporters for protests, Fass didn't simply report the news: he connected his community.
“a celebration of the broadcast medium, and a movie that approaches the…’60s counterculture from a fresh angle. Fass was at his height both baby-sitter and rabble-rouser. He used the airwaves to construct a community… a clubhouse for the New Left’s greatest showboats: Paul Krassner and Abbie Hoffman… an evocative collage…a time capsule. Fass was in a sense New York’s quintessential (East) Village voice – the great ongoing commentator on unbelievable oddness of boho life in Mayor Lindsay’s ‘fun city.’” –J. Hoberman, Artinfo