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KFAI: Little City In Space

  • Trylon Cinema 2820 East 33rd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)

Sound Unseen celebrates the 40th anniversary of KFAI with a rare screening of Little City In Space, a look at the radio station circa 1984 by director Miroslav Janek.

Date: Weds. July 11, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Trylon Cinema
Tickets: $10 advance / $12 door


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, Miroslav 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 mainstay Willie Murphy.

1984 | 60 min. | USA / Czech Republic | Director: Miroslav Janek

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