on the Air
(55 minutes 40 seconds) USA
Director: Veronica Selver
Producers: Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood
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On the Air reveals the tumultuous fifty-year history of the
world's first listener-sponsored radio station. The story begins
in a remote WW II conscientious objectors camp, where KPFA
founder and pacifist Lewis Hill was developing the idea of creating
a place where people who disagreed politically could speak freely,
and in the process recognize each others worth as human beings.
KPFA On the Air captures the excitement that KPFA has generated
over the years with compelling segments of programs covering the
Free Speech movement, the Mississippi Freedom Summer, Three Mile
Island and others. The film also raises larger issues about the
role of broadcasting in a democratic society, and the public's access
to the media that purportedly serves it.
Producer/Director Veronica Selver has been an editor for over 20 years. She produced and directed an episode in the 1996 ITVS series, Positive, and her co-directing credits include You Got to Move, a documentary about the community organizing in the South; First Look, a documentary on contemporary Cuban artists; and Columbia Dupont award winner Word is Out, the first feature documentary on growing up gay in America. Her editing credits include also public television's most highly regarded broadcasts: On Company Business, a three part series on the history of the CIA; Academy Award nominated Berkeley in the Sixties, Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union; Absolutely Positive, on people living with HIV; Coming Out Under Fire, on gays and lesbians in the military during World War II, and most recently Blacks and Jews.
Sharon Wood's documentary writing credits include three Oscar nominees:
Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press,
Straight from the Heart, and Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of
Earl Warren. A co-writer on The Celluloid Closet (Emmy,
Peabody, and Columbia Dupont Award winner), and Skin Deep,
about race relations, Wood most recently served as writer on Paragraph
175, a documentary for HBO on Nazi persecution of homosexuals,
and Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an "American
Masters" Special for PBS.