New Documentary About Wavy!
Topic Film

Posted by Soulman on Jun 07, 2009 1:49 pm GMT + 1

New Documentary About Wavy!
Saint Misbehavin' premieres at SXSW Film Festival

He became legend at Woodstock, is a hero to thousands of children who’ve attended Camp Winnarainbow, and is known around here as one of Seva’s co-founders and current board members. Now, he’s the subject of a new documentary film: Saint Misbehavin’ — The Wavy Gravy Movie.



Directed by Michelle Esrick, with DA Pennebaker serving as Executive Producer, the film makes its world premiere debut March 14-21 at the internationally acclaimed South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Esrick’s entertaining and inspiring feature film tells the story of Wavy’s lifetime as an artist, humorist and humanitarian activist. By blending Wavy’s own words with stories from an extraordinary array of his friends, the film reveals the man behind the clown’s grin and the fool’s clothing.

Sharing their personal stories and words of admiration are Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Odetta, Patch Adams, Steve Earle, Buffy Sainte Marie and many others. You can learn more at Ripple Effect Films.

Saint Misbehavin’ is filled with rare and wonderful archival footage, including never before seen clips of Wavy and Larry Brilliant’s legendary hippie-bus caravan from London to Nepal in 1970 — the visit that became part of the impetus for creating Seva Foundation.

When you get a chance to see the movie, be sure to stay through the very end. Some of Wavy's biggest Seva-supporters came together to record Wavy's song, Basic Human Needs, and it plays over the end credits. Composer Emory Joseph did a new gospel/blues arrangement of the song and produced an amazing track with Jackson Browne, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Weir, Buffy Sainte Marie, Maria Muldaur and Steve Earle, among others.

Esrick was delighted to have the support of Executive Producer, DA Pennebaker, who is widely regarded as a pioneer of cinema verité filmmaking. Pennebaker is best known for his classic films Bob Dylan, Don’t Look Back (1967) and Monterey Pop (1967). Since 1977, Pennebaker has partnered with Chris Hegedus on a host of acclaimed films, including their 1994 film about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, The War Room, featuring James Carville and George Stephanopoulos.

The SXSW Film Festival is a fitting venue for the world premiere. SXSW Film is internationally known for its wide-ranging programs and its focus on emerging talent. The event gains a boost by being part of the SXSW Music Festival, which has become one of the most important annual showcases in the music industry.

“I’m thrilled that people will have a chance to be inspired by Wavy’s story and his work with Seva Foundation,” Esrick says. “The premiere at SXSW is just the beginning. We’re going to distribute this film far and wide.”

Next up is the Full Frame Documentary Festival, April 2-5, in Durham, North Carolina — called, "The premiere documentary film festival in the United States," by The New York Times.


Source: Seva Foundation


Links:
SEVA Foundation
Wavy Gravy's homepage
Camp Winnarainbow
Ripple Effect Films



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