Sound Unseen and KFAI Radio present a special screening celebrating KFAI Radio’s 40th anniversary with a rare screening of “Little City in Space” directed by noted Czech Republic director Miroslav Janek (Citizen Havel).
This special is co-presented by: KFAI Radio
In 1983, documentary filmmaker Miroslav Janek became involved with a group of volunteers running a tiny community radio station out of the belfry of a Unitarian church in South Minneapolis. Operating at a humble 14-watts, KFAI hosted a motley crew of characters pumping out blues, progressive rock, foreign language programming, and absurdist radio theater to anyone who could pick up the signal.
The result of a year’s worth of footage, Janek’s “Little City in Space” documents the early days of KFAI radio, which celebrates its 40th year on-air this year. The film highlights some of the station’s disparate volunteer DJs, including Chicago bluesman Lazy Bill Lucas, accordion player/barber Helge Lamo, and Minneapolis blues mainstay Willie Murphy.
Dir. Miroslav Janek, 1984, USA/Czech Republic, 60 min., Digital