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Radio Unnameable
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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Radio Unnameable
A fascinating portrait of legendary WBAI radio host Bob Fass


Bob Fass: midnight to 5 a.m., 5 days a week, his soothing voice was heard over the airwaves on WBAI-FM. Anyone living in NYC in the 1960s and '70s and who experienced even one night of insomnia remembers that voice. A pioneer of free-form radio, Fass let the talk and music flow all night long, as some of the city slept and some of it followed him to a "Yip-In" at Grand Central Station, the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, and a "human fly-in" at JFK airport. An amazing roster of guests  Arlo Guthrie, Allen Ginsberg, Kinky Friedman, Abbie Hoffman, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon  showed up unannounced and unedited. Long before Twitter or Facebook, before shock-jocks and reality TV, before Occupy Wall Street and flash mobs  Bob Fass helped change the face of media and brought the counterculture face to face with the rest of America. Radio Unnameable collages archival footage of NYC from this era with tapes from some of Fass's most memorable programs  emulating its subject's own commitment to immediacy, honesty and irreverence. Bob Fass continues to be heard on WBAI Thursdays, from midnight until 3 a.m. (USA, 2012, 87 Mins., color, Blu-ray  Director: Jessica Wolfson)

"Mr. Fass narrates old war (and antiwar) stories with vivid clarity and impeccable timing It can make you wish  or, if you're lucky, remember  that you were a sleepless New Yorker in 1967, kept from loneliness by a gentle, soulful voice on the radio."
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A flavorsome local history, 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 collagea 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

"A cult hero(who) has kept New York City's insomniacs and graveyard shift workers company for almost 50 years."
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice



Cinema Arts Centre (View)
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
United States

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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