Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Wavy Gravy in the documentary SAINT MISBEHAVIN', a film by Michelle Esrick. Picture courtesy Ripple Effect Films. All rights reserved.

Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

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Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie (2009/2010)

Opened: 12/03/2010 Limited

Shattuck Cinem...12/03/2010
IFC Center12/08/2010 - 12/14/20107 days
Laemmle's Moni...03/11/2011 - 03/17/20117 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


SAINT MISBEHAVIN' reveals the true story of cultural phenomenon Wavy Gravy -- a man whose commitment to making the world a better place has never wavered. We experience the impact one man can have and connect to the hope that each one of us can make a difference and have fun doing it! As the Village Voice declared, "Wavy Gravy will make as big a fool of himself as is necessary to make a wiser man of you."

Wavy Gravy is known in some circles as the MC of the Woodstock festival, a hippie icon, clown, and even a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor. He is all those things, but in SAINT MISBEHAVIN' we meet a true servant to humanity who carries his message through humor, compassion and a song he sings where ever he goes, called "basic human needs".

SAINT MISBEHAVIN' weaves together intimate verite 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.

Director's Statement

Ever since I got to know Wavy I knew I had to make a film about him. Gandhi said, "My life is my message." And the same goes for Wavy Gravy, his whole life is his message.

I believe Wavy is in the tradition of the great fools, who throughout history have used their foolery for good. In many cultures, there is a belief that a fool is holy. In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the fool dramatically influences the other characters' perceptions. In Zen Buddhism, the fools are agents of prophetic vision and they restore vitality to the community; the Zen Masters often suggest something of the trickster, prankster, and clown all rolled into one. In Native American religions, one of which being Lakota, they refer to the fool as a Heyoka, or "sacred clown".

Throughout the making of this film, Wavy has been described to me as a town crier, pied piper, jester, cultural phenomenon, holy clown, living treasure, revolutionary, and Saint. All I know is, to be around Wavy is to see the best part of ourselves, to feel hopeful, to feel inspired to be just a little more loving, forgiving and helpful in the world we live in, and to have fun doing it. It is my honor to introduce the real Wavy Gravy to the world. Personally, I think we need the "fool" now more than ever!