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Bob Fass revolutionized the FM airwaves with his free form program Radio Unnameable, a cultural hub for music, politics and audience engagement.

Please visit our website http://www.radiounnameablemovie.com

THE STORY Radio Unnameable is a documentary film about influential radio personality Bob Fass who revolutionized the FM airwaves by developing a patchwork of music, politics, comedy and reports from the street, effectively creating free form radio as we know it today. And for nearly 50 years, Fass has been heard at midnight on New York City listener-sponsored station WBAI. Radio Unnameable documents Fass’s eventful and controversial career, his involvement with some of the most gripping cultural movements of our time, while placing his story in a larger context of the struggle to keep free expression on the dial.

HOW FAR ALONG ARE WE? We started shooting in Spring 2007 and are about to begin editing the film. Our goal is to finish by the end of 2010 then premiere at a major film festival in 2011.

WHY PLEDGE? WHAT WE NEED. For the most part, we have been self-financing the film over the past few years. In order to meet our deadline to finish the project, we need your support. 1. We have several upcoming shoots in the Northeast and California. Your support will help offset the cost of travel, lodging and equipment rentals.

2. We plan on shooting 16mm (yes, good old fashioned celluloid) footage of New York City at night to compliment the audio from the landmark programs that live in Bob Fass’s archive. We need funding to hire a cinematographer and to pay for processing the film.

3. As we begin post-production we need funding to help offset the cost for an edit system and media storage.

4. There is a huge archival portion of the film. Bob Fass has held on to thousands of reel-to-reel and cassette recordings of his program, photographs, film, video (shot as early as 1970), amongst other documentation of assorted countercultural movements. We need funding to help transfer these audio and video materials. Also, there are additional materials in other archives that we need for the film. Your support will help us hire a research assistant and to pay research and transfer fees.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? We have some incredible and unique rewards that have been donated to us by some of the individuals involved with the film. This includes music, artwork, and memorabilia you won't be able to find anywhere else.

Also, please keep coming back and checking in on our Kickstarter update page (see above). Over the three months of this fundraiser we will be adding video content and sneak peaks of some of the music heard on our rewards.

Although we are asking for $5000, we actually need much more. If you would like to make additional donations, you can do so through our our Fiscal Sponsor, the IFP. These donations will be Tax Deductible. http://fiscalsponsorship.ifp.org/Project.cfm...

YOUR SUPPORT IS INVALUABLE TO HELP BRING RADIO UNNAMEABLE TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF PRODUCTION.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!! PHOTOS OF SOME THE LIMITED EDITION REWARDS:

WHAT’S YOUR RUPTURE/PIZZA PARTY GIFT PACK: The best way to describe Pizza Party (according to their website) is: "Remember the guy at your local used record store? If he had his own radio show, it would sound like this--jangly pop, old college radio favorites, weird obscurities and more." Listen in! Pizza Party Thursdays from 4:00PM to 6:00PM on East Village Radio: http://www.eastvillageradio.com/

A FREEWHEELIN’ TIME: A MEMOIR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE IN THE SIXTIES by SUZE ROTOLO Visit http://www.suzerotolo.com to learn more about Suze Rotolo’s work and upcoming events.

HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS GIFT PACK: Learn more about the Holy Modal Rounders Documentary Film: http://www.boundtolose.com

HENRY FLYNT GIFT PACK: Visit http://www.locustmusic.com/ to hear music by Henry Flynt and others. Watch NIGHT PEOPLE here: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/night_people/

CHEAP NOVELTIES: THE PLEASURE OF URBAN DECAY by BEN KATCHOR: Learn more about Ben Katchor here: http://www.katchor.com

JEFFREY LEWIS ARTWORK: Watch the animated video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch... Learn more about Jeffrey Lewis http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/

PAUL KRASSNER GIFT PACK: A message from Paul Krassner about his rewards: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

MITCH BLANK'S ARCHIVE: Musical archeologist Mitch Blank in his Bob Dylan "Self Portrait Mask" and his World Class Archive.

ABBIE HOFFMAN MASK:

STILLS FROM RADIO UNNAMEABLE

Bob Fass at the 1967 FLY-IN at JFK Airport, thousands of people showed up after hearing about the event on Radio Unnameable.
Yippies Abbie Hoffman and Paul Krassner with Bob Fass on the air at WBAI.
Bob Fass following the riot police at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami, FL.
1977 WBAI 99.5 FM Station Strike
Radio Unnameable Poster

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    WHAT’S YOUR RUPTURE/PIZZA PARTY GIFT PACK – Kevin Pedersen, mastermind of the stellar NYC record label What’s Your Rupture and t-shirt mogul Max Wowch of the always entertaining radio show Pizza Party on EAST VILLAGE RADIO, are offering TWO ONE-OF-A-KIND MIXES. First is a classic Mix of summer time hits. Second is BUBBLETAPE a killer collection of catchy, obscure, odd and off bubblegum and glam nuggets. Note: BUBBLETAPE is a Mix Tape that is on an actual cassette, so dust off those old Walkmans.

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    MIX CD personally selected by Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders, available only here, featuring some of his favorite songs old and new, artwork for CD will be designed by daughters Lily and Zoe Stampfel.

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    SPECIAL THANKS on Website + CRYSTAL STILTS SIGNED MIX CD's, available only here, curated by the acclaimed Brooklyn band whose music is featured in the film’s trailer. http://www.myspace.com/crystalstilts

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    ONE Limited Edition JEFFREY LEWIS ARTWORK SIGNED AND NUMBERED. One 8.5 x11 color drawing from the artist / musician Jeffrey Lewis created for the animated music video about Bob Fass and Radio Unnameable. You choose which drawing you would like (4 of each available) or get THE SET for $100 (see reward below)!

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    Artist and Author SUZE ROTOLO is offering personalized autographed copies of her recent book A FREEWHEELIN’ TIME: A MEMOIR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE IN THE SIXTIES, an essential addition to anyone’s library. Included in the book is a recollection of a hilarious appearance Suze, Bob Dylan and John Herald of the Greenbriar Boys made on Radio Unnameable in March, 1963.

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    Choice of limited edition CRYSTAL STILTS T-SHIRT (all sizes) or TOTE BAG + a SIGNED MIX CD available only here, curated by the acclaimed Brooklyn band whose music is featured in the film’s trailer. http://www.myspace.com/crystalstilts

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    SPECIAL THANKS in Film Credits + Pre-order DVD + 1 RADIO UNNAMEABLE COMPLIATION CD of Rare Guest Appearances, In-Studio Music Performances, and callers recorded live on the air (1962 - present).

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    HENRY FLYNT GIFT PACK – The wonderfully diverse Chicago record label LOCUST MUSIC contributes a copy of HENRY FLYNT AND NOVA’ BILLY, a scorching record whose track “Conga” can be heard in our short film NIGHT PEOPLE starring Bob Fass. Also included is a RARE HENRY FLYNT POSTER.

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    CHEAP NOVELTIES: THE PLEASURE OF URBAN DECAY by BEN KATCHOR: We are absolutely thrilled that cartoonist BEN KATCHOR is offering a signed copy of this rare and out of print book. Ben Katchor has been a guest on Radio Unnameable over the years and Bob Fass can be heard on Ben’s JULIUS KNIPL: REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER audio cartoon.

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    NEW Limited Edition HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS GIFT PACK: 1 DVD of HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS…BOUND TO LOSE + FILM POSTER signed by Filmmakers and Rounder co-founder Peter Stampfel + CD of Peter Stampfel’s new album DOOK OF THE BEATNIKS signed and numbered + MIX CD personally selected by Peter Stampfel, available only here, featuring some of his favorite songs old and new, artwork for CD will be designed by daughters Lily and Zoe Stampfel.

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    Did you know Bob Fass was once a villain in a WONDER WOMAN comic? It’s true, and acclaimed comic book writer and editor DENNIS O’NEIL will autograph the DC compilation featuring this issue. According to Mr. O’Neil, in the late sixties he would work late into the night, listening to Radio Unnameable, then low and behold, Bob Fass was immortalized.

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    Limited Edition HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS GIFT PACK: 1 DVD of HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS…BOUND TO LOSE + FILM POSTER signed by Filmmakers and Rounder co-founder Peter Stampfel + CD of Peter Stampfel’s new album DOOK OF THE BEATNIKS signed and numbered + MIX CD personally selected by Peter Stampfel, available only here, featuring some of his favorite songs old and new, artwork for CD will be designed by daughters Lily and Zoe Stampfel. + YOUR NAME AS A SONG TITLE Peter will name a soon to be released instrumental song after each winning bidder.

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    Limited Edition JEFFREY LEWIS ARTWORK SIGNED AND NUMBERED. Own a set of 4 color 8.5 x11 drawings that artist / musician Jeffrey Lewis created for the animated music video about Bob Fass and Radio Unnameable. EDITION OF 10.

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    Limited Edition PAUL KRASSNER GIFT PACK: books PORN SOUP + POT STORIES FOR THE SOUL + a DISNEYLAND MEMORIAL ORGY POSTER (1967 centerspread for Krassner's influential magazine The Realist by Mad Magazine artist Wally Wood). All three items SIGNED by author, journalist, stand-up comedian and original Yippie Paul Krassner.

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    You and a friend spend an afternoon with MITCH BLANK, musical archeologist and hoarder of the countercultural history. Mitch served as the "hypnotist collector" on Martin Scorsese’s “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan”. Mitch will give a personal walking TOUR of Greenwich Village musical landmarks and afterwards a visit to his WORLD CLASS ARCHIVE, full of rare music and cultural memorabilia. (up to 5 winners can be on the one tour)

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    ORIGINAL BLACK AND WHITE JEFFREY LEWIS ARTWORK FRAMED AND SIGNED. Own the original set of 4 b&w drawings that artist / musician Jeffrey Lewis created for the animated music video about Bob Fass and Radio Unnameable.

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    SPECIAL THANKS in Film Credits + Pre-order DVD + Radio Unnameable COMPLIATION CD + RARE ABBIE HOFFMAN MASK from the “Bring Abbie Home” rally at Madison Square Garden. After an arrest in the 1970's, Yippie icon and Radio Unnameable regular Abbie Hoffman went into hiding. Everyone, including the FBI, waited for him to show up at Madison Square Garden, so masks were made to hand out to the crowd. The idea being you can't arrest Abbie because "Everyone is Abbie!". In the end, Abbie was able to attend the event and did not get arrested. The masks undoubtable helped and now you too can be Abbie Hoffman and own a piece of countercultural history.

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    SPECIAL THANKS in Film Credits + Pre-order DVD + Radio Unnameable COMPLIATION CD + DINNER IN NEW YORK'S CHINATOWN WITH BOB FASS AND FILMMAKERS. In the wee morning hours after Radio Unnameable signed off, Bob Fass and his guests would head to Chinatown to eat and wind down from the show. Join Bob and the filmmakers for a similar eating excursion. Time of meal subject to your schedule. (Travel to New York City not included).

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