New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to a documentary about radio personality Bob Fass, called Radio Unnameable (pictured).
With a North American theatrical premiere set for September 19 at New York’s Film Forum, Radio Unnameable will expand to U.S. and Canadian cities in the following months.
Directed by Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson, the documentary uses Fass’s immense archive of audio, film, photographs, and video to tell the story of the New York radio personality who revolutionized late night, free-form radio programming and independent media.
The film is named after Fass’s radio show, which first aired in 1963 and is still broadcast every Thursday night. The show became a hub for music, politics and audience participation, and featured guests including Arlo Guthrie, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, Bob Dylan and Carly Simon.
“New York-based Bob Fass has been a defining figure and inspiring visionary on the national media scene for half a century,” said Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber. “We are thrilled to introduce Paul and Jessica’s Radio Unnameable to a new media generation – they’ll get the potent changes he wrought.
“His prophetic radio savvy and passionate political conscience transformed our culture. The almighty Internet today seems just an echo of what he was able to do alone, every night, live on air.”