THE LAST HIPPIE FREAK:BY THE Beard of LEE GROBAN
@ Gene Siskel Film Center
Streaming Chicago Premiere indie
Opening Sunday, June 21st, from 9 am - 11 PM
On view through Sunday, June 28th
The Last Hippie FREAK: By the Beard of Lee Groban” is an experimental fantasy/true aural and visual experience and the essential story of the poet and artist whose mind, body and spirit exploded on stages, galleries, and underground locations in a multi-sensory way synonymous with the 60s and 70s. it is fitting to reflect on an age of innocence and a time when the artist and the lifestyle was the definition of Freedom. Lee speaks on his experiences at Woodstock in this film with his colorful oratory. Powerfully, Lee recites sections from “Cure for Insomnia” of OVER 5,700 PAGES, the film of the same name, at 87 hours, was shown one time only at the School of the Art Institute, student loft party in 1987, which went on for days. LISTED IN THE GUINESS BOOK OF FACTS AND FEATS BEATING OUT ANDY WARHOL’s Film. Over 4 decades, Lee Groban elevated the experience as his indie book states “Higher than the Ground” generating his playful words and art, music, vocals/performances, poetry. This film is in cooperation with Frank Garvey, OmniCircus, S.F., and includes excerpts from his masterful film, “Leviathan”. Vittorio Carli, is the Narrator, Poet and storyteller, he knew Lee for quite some time as a friend and poet, and gives personal insight into a man not many really knew. David Bechtol, is the Tech Guru, Exec Producer and Production Supervisor of Shadow Bechtol Studio, who produced this film, and wrangled the original footage and photography which was shot on archaic formats in a collection of 100s of hours. It took Nancy Bechtol the artist/filmmaker, a while, 25 years to create the film, from more formats than she can say, and now she crystallized it to a 43 min gem. An artistic film based on true life and events surrounding Lee Groban.
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