FILM: WBCN and The American Revolution with Q&A panel following

Showtimes: Sunday, December 8
4:00pm
$20 public | $15 members

Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film's Director BIll Lichtenstein and special guests.

The incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics, ​and rock and roll changed everything. "WBCN and The American Revolution" is a landmark feature documentary that tells the previously untold story of the early days of the underground, radical radio station, WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes in Boston and nationally from the late-1960s through the early-1970s.

The documentary includes never before exhibited film material shot by Andy Warhol and cinema verite pioneer Ricky Leacock, and photographic images from a host of top 1960s photographers including the late Peter Simon, brother of singer Carly Simon, who also appears in the film, and Jeff Albertson.

The film is produced by the Peabody Award-winning Lichtenstein Creative Media, and directed by Bill Lichtenstein, who began working at the radio station at the age of 14 in 1970. It has received extensive press and public attention even before its release, being called “epic,” “magical” and “possibly the first film to tell the true story of the 1960s.”

The film details how Boston, which was overshadowed in 1967 by the exploding psychedelic scenes in both San Francisco, during the city’s “Summer of Love,” and New York City’s East Village scene, emerged as the central crossroad of the counterculture and political activism. The story is told through the extraordinary history of WBCN, which in its early days called itself “The American Revolution,” and the personal and political journeys of a compelling cast of characters who connect and intersect through the radio station and militant anti-war activism, civil rights struggles, and the emerging women’s and gay liberation movements.

The film includes first-person accounts from the station’s staff and and newly filmed and archival material featuring the leading political, social, cultural and musical figures of the day, who crossed paths with the radio station, including Noam Chomsky, Abbie Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Jerry Garcia and Duane Allman, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, in his first radio interview, and Patti Smith, performing with her band in her first live radio broadcast.

These dramatic and compelling stories are expertly and powerfully interwoven with the original sights and sounds of the critical events of the era, gathered by producers in an unprecedented archival search that resulted in more than 100,000 audio and visual items shared for the film. The film tells a story that is timely and relevant, especially to young people seeking to use media to create social change today.

Rating: NR
Director: Bill Lichtenstein
Starring: Noam Chomsky, Charles Laquidara, Bill Lee
Release Date:  31 October 2018
Runtime:  120 min
Format: DP

"WBCN and The American Revolution" trailer from WBCN and The American Revolution on Vimeo.