Following the broadcast, Radio Unnameable will stream
on both kcet.org/linkvoices and linktv.org/linkvoices.
Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson, (shown at left, with Wolfson on the right) have created a kind of visual and aural collage, using archival film and photos combined with voices from over two dozen of the many people who interacted with Bob Fass during his very lengthy and interesting career. "To all you people cleaning up the effluvia of those who work from 9 to 5," is the dedication to his audience that we first hear from Fass, and it, as much as anything that follows, encapsu-lates his attitude and politics: Let's give a nod to the other, the outsider, the one who doesn't fit into mainstream thought or action.
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre) and went on to do a play or two off Broadway before finding his real career at WBAI. Nobody else had come up with the kind of show Fass was doing, which was off-the-cuff in extremis, and made use of then up-and-coming musicians (Bob Dylan, anyone? Or Phil Ochs?) who would stop in at the show, pretty much impromptu.
Robert Downey, Sr., to Arlo Guthrie, Paul Krassner, Wavy Gravy, Judy Collins, Judith Malina and of course Fass himself, who, even now in his 80s, is still going strong.
Allen Ginsberg, Shirley Clarke, Abbie Hoffman and even Holly Woodlawn. We see history here -- via a liberal, left-wing slant -- as the hippies, the folk-rockers, and then the Yippies take over the canvas. We're even privy to a suicide call that Fass tries to handle as best he can, and which appears to have left its mark on the man, as much as it did on his listeners of that time.
Kino Lorber, that makes its U.S. theatrical debut this coming Wednesday, September 19, in New York City at Film Forum. You can find the two-week screening schedule here. (Please note that the filmmakers, along with Bob Fass himself, will appear at Film Forum in person for a Q&A on September 19 at the 8:00pm showing, September 21 at the 8:00pm showing and September 24 at the 6:15pm. TrustMovies would hope that there will be other playdates around the country (Chicago, perhaps?) but as of now, none are listed on the Kino Lorber site.