FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published: May 22, 2009
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
"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 'summer fair' atmosphere to this
event for some time. When we got 'Saint 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