David Di Sabatino's first documentary feature Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher has just received an Emmy Award nomination from the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences (San Francisco/NorCal chapter).
The documentary narrates the life of Lonnie Frisbee, a young hippie who transformed himself from the world of the 1960s counterculture into one of the most influential Jesus freak evangelists of the early 1970s. A controversial character, Frisbee was the sparkplug that ignited the growth of two of Southern California's largest evangelical denominations – the Calvary Chapel and Vineyard Church movements. Because of his struggles with homosexuality, Frisbee's name has all but been expunged from the historical record.
Finished in March 2005, Frisbee was first accepted to the Newport Beach Film Festival where it sold out the historic Lido Theater not far from where in the late 1960s Lonnie and Connie Frisbee ran the Blue Top commune, a Christian community of young hippie believers. The documentary was also accepted to the Mill Valley (2005), Reel Heart (2005), Ragamuffin (2005), San Francisco International Independent (2006), New York Underground (2006) and Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian (2006) film festivals.
Frisbee also gained acceptance at a number of Christian colleges and venues including Wheaton College, Vanguard University and two sold out showings at Fuller Seminary's Reel Spirituality Conference in Fall 2006. The documentary graced the cover of the OC Weekly in March 2005 and received a glowing review in Variety magazine.
A soundtrack featuring the music of The All Saved Freak Band, Agape, Joy and Gentle Faith is scheduled for release in May 2007.