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The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin'


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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]

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Filmmaker Profiles:

Michelle Esrick

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

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