The deadCenter Film Festival announced this week that Wavy Gravy will attend this year's festival and take part in the closing night festivities.
On June 13, deadCenter will present "Peace Love and Wavy Gravy, a festival-within-the-festival, on the lawn at NW 3 and E.K. Gaylord downtown. The free event, which begins at 7 p.m., features the deadCenter Awards Presentation at 9 p.m., the screening of "Saint Misbehavin' the Wavy Gravy Story at 9:30 p.m. and a hippie-infused outdoor celebration.
"In response to the passionate and exuberant life explored in this film, we've decided to expand deadCenter festivities for closing night this year, Program Director Melissa Scaramucci said. "We've wanted to introduce music and a вЂsummer fair' atmosphere to this event for some time. When we got вЂSaint Misbehavin' for our free outdoor screening, we knew this was the perfect film to showcase the best of our community.
The subject of the closing night film is Wavy Gravy, a lifelong activist who famously stood on the stage of the original Woodstock. The film, directed by Michelle Esrick, who also will be in attendance, follows the icon for 10 years. The film documents his life as the founder of the entertainment/activist commune the Hog Farm, his time with the Merry Pranksters, his co-directorship (with his wife, Jahanara) of Camp Winnarainbow, a performing arts program for children that takes over the Hog Farm for 10 weeks every summer, and the organization of all-star rock concerts to raise money for a variety of charitable causes.
"Peace Love and Wavy Gravy attendees will learn from local community activists and action groups and enjoy concessions, live music, works from local artists and a free outdoor/sunset yoga class. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, call 501-2700.
The deadCenter Film Festival will be June 10-14 and will screen more than 90 films in seven downtown locations. To learn more about the film screenings, times, venues and educational panels, go online to www.deadcenterfilm.org.
FROM STAFF REPORTS