Donate
Truly CA

Subscribe to Truly CA

Subscribe

Subscribe to the Truly CA Shorts podcast and receive a new short documentary once a month!

KQED e-Newsletters

Newsletters

Get regular updates on great programs and events

Please leave this field empty

More from KQED

The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin'


See a preview of this Truly CA episode.

Beginning with Woodstock '99, director Michelle Esrick spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy. The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin' journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy's own words with stories from an array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown's grin and the fool's clothing.

In the film, Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering.

Wavy's life is his message, serving as deeply needed inspiration that we can change the world and have fun doing it. Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as "The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa, conceived one starry night on a spiritual whoopie cushion," to which Wavy has replied, "Some people tell me I'm a saint, I tell them I'm Saint Misbehavin'."

[Original air date: Mon, Oct 17, 2011]

This program is not currently scheduled for broadcast.



Filmmaker Profiles:

Michelle Esrick

Learn more about Michelle Esrick, the producer and director of The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin'.

Resources

Also on KQED.org this week ...

The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to Karoo
KQED Celebrates the Earth

April 22 is Earth Day, but KQED is celebrating our planet all month long. Tune in for special programs, attend special events, and find more resources online.

View of a dry Mt. Diablo from Briones Regional Park in the East Bay. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)
Where's the Rain?

KQED covers news about California's drought, offers water-saving tips, and more.

Sponsored by