Catalog No.: FTF-063 | 
In Theaters: March 30, 2016 | 
Director: Tim K. Smith | 
Length: 78 minutes
 | Year: 2016


Theatrical Premier at IFC Center in NYC:  March 30, 2016



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Official Site for Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU 







“It’s flypaper for misfits and malcontents.”—Irwin Chusid, WFMU DJ

SEX AND BROADCASTING is a human, and humorous, look at New Jersey’s WFMU, a radio station that refuses any programming boundaries. Most of its disc jockeys are unpaid volunteers, working for their love of surprising, spontaneous radio. They play everything from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to every form of rock and roll, experimental music, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, hand-cranked wax cylinders, gospel, Inuit marching bands, R&B, C&W, radio improvisations, spoken-word collages, and throat singers of the Lower East Side. Their captain is station manager Ken Freedman, who has spent the past three decades keeping WFMU alive, independent, and one of a kind.  At 54, Ken has strapped his entire life and family to this crazy station, and it may all soon be a memory.

Since the introduction of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, radio has seen massive corporate consolidation. This has dramatically decreased the diversity of music formats being broadcast nationally and has eliminated many independent and local voices from the public airwaves. Simultaneously, the rise of algorithmic internet radio models (Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio) that deliver “automated music recommendations” has tightened the screws on smaller players that attempt to use the internet to bring human-controlled radio to larger audiences. During this time WFMU, through it’s foresight and perseverance, has served as a beacon of hope for those who love music and believe in the importance of truly independent media outlets.

The film weaves personal stories of WFMU’s eccentric DJs with an exploration of the 21st-century media landscape that has made the station such a rarity. As the film unfolds, WFMU reaches a crisis: Ken meets with the board of directors. With six months until their next fundraising marathon, they are almost out of money. Can WFMU stay on the air and stay true to its independent spirit?  

SEX AND BROADCASTING explores the past and present of this essential, weird, and utterly unique American institution while telling the gripping, yet comical, story of its fight for survival.

Featuring: Ken Freedman, Tom Scharpling, Matt Groening, Adam Horovitz, Patton Oswalt, Bradford Cox, Lee Ranaldo and more 

Directed  by Tim K. Smith
Produced by Caitlin Mae Burke and Tim K. Smith
Edited by Ryan Barger
Original Score by James Lavino

Festivals: DOC NYC, SF Indie Fest, CIMM Fest, Montclair Film Festival, Salem Film Festival, Lighthouse Film Festival, CMW Film Fest, Rotterdam IFFR and Norient Musikfilm Festival 


"Sex and Broadcasting is at once heartfelt, gritty, and informative, and you don’t really want it to end." 
-Sam Weisberg, The Village Voice

"Brilliance In Bumps And Bruises, On Air And On Screen"

In Theaters 

March 30th to April 7th, 2016
IFC Center
New York, NY
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March 30th, 2016
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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April 3rd, 2016
Regal Riviera Theater
Knoxville, TN
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April 8th-April 14th, 2016
Facets Cinematheque
Chicago, IL
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April 19th, 2016
Southern Oregon 
Ashland, OR
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April 30t h, 2016
New York, NY
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May 4th, 2016
Fine Arts Theatre
Ashville, NC
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May 9th, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse
San Francisco, CA
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May 30th, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Austin, TX
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June  8th, 2016
Trylon Cinema
Minneapolis, MN 
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June 16th - 19th, 2016
The Texas Theatre
Dallas, TX
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July 20th, 2016
International House
Philadelphia, PA
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