Honors continue for film festival hit and book on how a radio station defined politics, counterculture and rock and roll.
May 20, 2022 [Boston, MA] — Film festival sensation "WBCN and The American Revolution" and the companion book with 300 images and untold stories from the late-60s are awards recipients.
The film, which just aired on PBS stations nationally, received two Silver Medals from the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards, including for Best Feature and Best Social Justice Documentary. And the companion book, published by MIT Press and distributed by Penguin/Random House, won a Silver Medal in the Best Regional Non-Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards."
The film and book will also be featured by PBS affiliate WGBH-TV Channel 2 in Boston for its spring Pledge Drive, with the film airing five times in early June and the book available to donors.
“I’m thrilled that both the film and book, and their stories of how media was used to create important social change are again being honored” said producer and author Peabody Award-winner Bill Lichtenstein. The film previously won "Best Documentary" at the 2019 DC Independent Film Festival.
A high-energy feature-length documentary, “WBCN and The American Revolution” follows a dynamic cast of characters as their lives connect and intersect through the explosive rock ‘n roll counterculture, passionate anti-war movement, and burgeoning civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights movements.
The dramatic and compelling stories in “WBCN and The American Revolution” are interwoven with the original sights and sounds of the critical events of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including never before exhibited film shot by Andy Warhol and cinema vérité pioneer Ricky Leacock.
The film includes fresh first-person accounts from the station’s staff, as well as Noam Chomsky, Jane Fonda, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Abbie Hoffman, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen in his first radio interview, and Patti Smith, performing with her band in her first live radio broadcast.
Lichtenstein will be discussing the book at the Boston Public Library on May 26. He began working as a volunteer on the WBCN Listener Line at age 14 in 1970, and later as a newscaster and announcer with his own program. His last film, West 47th Street, won the Special Jury Award at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival; Audience Award at the DC Independent Film Festival; and Honorable Mention at the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival. It aired on PBS’s P.O.V. and was called “must see” by Newsweek and “remarkable” by the Washington Post.