Radio Legend Gets Spotlight at AFI's Silverdocs Festival

With thousands of film buffs streaming into the greater D.C. area this weekend for the annual Silverdocs film festival, an almost decade-old showcase of some of the latest top notch documentaries from around the world, headquartered at the American Film Institute — it would be easy to get lost in the myriad offerings taking place all week.

But for the radio history buffs out there, Saturday and Sunday screenings of “Radio Unnameable” will highlight Bob Fass, whose radio show, airing during one of the most tumultuous decades of the 20th century, offered interviews with counterculture figures like Abbie Hoffman and songwriting icons like Bob Dylan, as well as first performances of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” and Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.” 

About the film, the Associated Press wrote:

“In 1963, legendary radio personality Bob Fass sat down behind the microphone at WBAI in New York City, and radio was never the same. Fass used his original and innovative late night show to entertain, inform and call listeners to action during some of America’s most volatile times. Drawing from Fass’ extensive personal archives of audio recordings, ‘Radio Unnameable’ celebrates one of radio’s unsung heroes and his remarkable life in and out of the spotlight.”

Directed by Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson. Showtimes: June 23 at 6:45 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 2; and June 24 at 2 p.m., the Round House Theatre. Both locations are in downtown Silver Spring, Md.

For a complete schedule of screenings, visit the Silver Docs Festival website.


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