Historic Films News

Historic Films Exclusively Represents Experimental Filmmaker Ben Van Meter

October 1, 2007

Historic Films Archive has signed on 1960's San Francisco experimental filmmaker Ben Van Meter for exclusive representation. Van Meter was the first film artist who's work conveyed the psychedelic experience. Van Meter covered the pre-summer of love in San Francisco music / hippie scene, filming such 'happenings' as the first "Trips Festival" (1965), and legendary promotor Bill Graham's first ever concert at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (December, 1965) Many previously unavailable scenes featuring important San Francisco scene personalities such as Grace Slick with her first band "The Great Society", "The Warlocks" (precursors to the Grateful Dead), "The San Francisco Mime Troup", "Quicksilver Messenger Service" and other icons of the era, have been logged and are currently available for research and licensing.