The Life And Death Of A Hippie Preacher

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The New York Times

In the late '60s, as youth culture around the world began to dramatically shift in the wake of the hippie movement, many Christians began searching for ways to make the teachings of the Bible relevant to a new breed of young people. Similarly, a small handful of members of the counterculture began embracing the word of Christ and sought to spread his message to their contemporaries. (read more)


The “Jesus People” movement that peaked in the early ’70s, bringing Christianity to the counterculture and vice versa, has been largely forgotten. In the ensuing decades, American churches have increasingly been affiliated with social/political conservatism. That it wasn’t always so is vividly illustrated by “Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher,” David Di Sabatino’s straightforward, engrossing documentary about a well-buried chapter in recent evangelical history. (read more)

OC Weekly

Garden Grove filmmaker David Di Sabatino is drawn to charismatic but damaged Christians. But nothing prepared him for Larry Norman. Three years ago, David Di Sabatino was understandably excited when Larry Norman, "the Father of Christian Rock Music," e-mailed him to say the film Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher was "beautiful." (read more)

Christianity Today

Miracles and visions, signs and wonders, scandal and sin. If any of the stories about Lonnie Frisbee are true, he must have been one of the more dynamic and controversial figures to stride upon the evangelical scene in modern times. Frisbee was still just a teen when he met Chuck Smith, an evangelical preacher who was looking for a way to reach young people in the late '60s. (read more)