The true story of a cultural phenomenon: The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin' on KQED's Truly CA

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-- Premieres on KQED Public Television 9 on Monday, October 17 at 10pm --

"Saint Misbehavin' is an unabashed love letter to the world that defies the cynicism of our age."                        -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times 

October 3, 2011 San Francisco, CA --- Wavy Gravy is known as the MC of the Woodstock festival, a hippie icon, activist, clown, and even a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor. The story of this cultural phenomenon, a man whose commitment to making the world a better place has never wavered, is told in the newest film in KQED’s documentary film series Truly CA. Director-producer Michelle Esrick’s The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin' premieres on Monday, October 17 at 10pm on KQED Public Television 9.

From his early days as a beat poet in Greenwich Village and living with Bob Dylan over the legendary Gaslight Café, to traveling around the globe on two painted busses with the Hog Farm commune, to his current work as co-founder of the Seva Foundation and co-director of Camp Winnarainbow, Wavy Gravy’s life shows that we can make a difference and have fun doing it. The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin' weaves together intimate vérité footage, reflections from an array of cultural and counter-cultural peers, and a rich collection of never-before-seen archival footage to tell a story that is bigger than the man himself.

The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin' features Wavy Gravy, his wife Jahanara Romney, Dr. Larry Brilliant, Jackson Browne, Ram Dass, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, The Grateful Dead, Steve Ben Israel, Woodstock producer Michael Lang, Odetta, Bonnie Raitt, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more.

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About the filmmaker


Michelle Esrick is a filmmaker, activist, actress, and poet. She has worked on a number of documentaries about art, music, and social change, including two-time Academy Award©-winner Barbara Kopple's film My Generation about the three Woodstock Festivals. Esrick has also created and produced such notable events as "Activism With A Sense Of Humor," starring Wavy Gravy, at Theater for the New City in NYC (2001), "Poems Not Fit for the White House" at Lincoln Center, featuring Arthur Miller, Mos Def, Wallace Shawn, and Andre Gregory (2003), and "Unconventional Heroes: An Evening of Performance to Honor Courageous Resisters," with Steve Earle and Odetta (2004). Esrick and her production team filmed Wavy Gravy over a period of ten years (1999 - 2009), collecting never-before-seen footage and creating a story that focuses on his commitment to making a difference in the world and having fun doing it. For more info, visit

About Truly CA
Winner of five Northern California Emmy Awards, Truly CA is KQED's series of independent documentaries about life in the Golden State. Since 2007, select Truly CA films have been presented by KQED to stations throughout California. It airs monthly on Sundays at 6pm on KQED 9.  Truly CA is a KQED production presented in association with the California Council for the Humanities.

About KQED

KQED ( has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms and; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin.  KQED's digital television channels include 9HD, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids, and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast.  KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts daily.  KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service,, as well as offers several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts, and a live radio stream at KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.


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