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The American Revolution is a feature-length documentary film produced for festival, theatrical, and broadcast release. It's the story of how in the late-1960s and early-1970s, "a radio station, politics and rock and roll changed everything." Long before Facebook and Twitter, before the Internet and GPS, underground radio connected listeners and fueled the profound social, political and cultural changes of the era. The American Revolution chronicles free-form radio station WBCN-FM and Boston's other underground media, from 1968 to 1974, through the extraordinary original sights, sounds and stories.
Bill Lichtenstein is producer of “The American Revolution.” Bill began his media career in 1970 at the age of 14 at WBCN-FM, first as a volunteer answering the station's Listener Line, and later as a newscaster and announcer. Bill’s subsequent work as a journalist spans the next 45 years, and includes working for seven years at ABC News “20/20,” “World News Tonight” and “Nightline,” where he researched and produced investigative reports, and, since 1990, serving as president of Lichtenstein Creative Media, an independent media production company based in Cambridge, MA. Bill Lichtenstein and LCMedia have been the recipient of more than 60 major broadcast honors, including a George Foster Peabody Award, TV and radio's highest honor; United Nations Media Award; Cine Golden Eagle; Guggenheim Fellowship; eight National Headliner Awards; three national news Emmy Awards nominations; and four Gracie Awards from American Women in TV and Radio. From 1979 to 2005 Bill was a Member of the Faculty of the New School University, where he taught "Investigative Reporting for Television" and "Documentary Filmmaking." Bill's documentary film, “West 47th Street,” aired on the PBS series "P.O.V.," won "Best Documentary" at the Atlanta Film Festival and was called "must see" by Newsweek. Bill's also served as executive producer of the national, weekly public radio series, "The Infinite Mind," for 10 years public radio’s most honored and listened to health and science program; and the documentary "If I Get Out Alive," narrated by Academy Award-winning actress and youth advocate Diane Keaton, which examined the brutal conditions faced by juveniles in the adult prison system. Bill was also story editor of "Vietnam: Radio First Termer," an award-winning public radio documentary examining the uses of radio during the Vietnam War, and created and produced the highly-acclaimed "Voices of an Illness" radio documentary series, which has provided millions with an extraordinary window on living with serious mental illness since the series premiere in 1992. Bill writes regularly on media, politics and health for the Huffington Post, and has written for The New York Times, Nation, Newsday, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, and TV Guide. Bill’s news photography has appeared on the front page of the New York Daily News and the Baltimore Sun. Bill wrote about WBCN and The American Revolution in recent articles including an Op-Ed piece in the Boston Globe, and for the Huffington Post.