This is the Story Of
This is the story of one of counterculture’s most cherished figures, who has been an inspiration for over six decades and counting. Tuli Tuli Tuli is a portrait of poet, rock star, performer, radical pacifist, cartoonist, street smart NYC patron saint, cable TV host and media activist, TULI KUPFERBERG. Co-narrated by alternative rock icon and author Thurston Moore and Tuli himself in his posthumous puppet incarnation, the film is an homage to his legacy and a quest for its traces and resonances within the cultural and social context of today.
Moving from documentary to mockumentary, Tuli Tuli Tuli turns original footage into a live, action-packed piece of contemporary commentary. As subversive as its subject, the film resists classification and gets as eclectic and creative as can be.
At Ben’s Pizza in SoHo, a parade of compelling and amusing characters, as well as some staple figures from NYC’s Lower East Side present Tuli and his legacy in a collection of SKIT & CHAT scenes, all with a classic NYC indie anthology feel.
A montage of contemporary news clips opens the film in timely resonance with the history of American social dissent. From the Wobblies to the East Village Bohemians; from the birth of Protest Rock to the Youth and Anti War movements; from Media activism to Occupy Wall Street, we follow Tuli’s story with awareness of our current times.
John S. Hall
& many others…
THE STORY OF THE INSANELY INFLUENTIAL FIGURE, FINALLY TOLD!
Tuli didn’t use politics to create poetry but instead used poetry and songs to shape politics. He explored the intricacies of convention, sexuality, gender and class distinctions with humor, all the while, holding dear his belief in human dignity.