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Directed by Ellen Goldfarb
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 95 Minutes World Premiere
A wonderfully nostalgic look back at WLIR 92.7, the Long Island-based radio station on the cutting edge of music throughout the 1980s. Going rogue, the station defied the record industry and played global imports before their release by literally picking up the singles at the airport,rushing back to the studio and spinning them live. Dare to Be Different features candid interviews and rare archival footage of U2, Blondie, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Depeche Mode, among others. WLIR helped introduce most of these bands to a US audience while creating a community centered around the punk and new wave scene. Now, 30 years after it went off the air, director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the unique rise and fall of this independent cultural institution.

—Dan Hunt

After the Premiere Screening: A live music tribute to WLIR from A Flock of Seagulls, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, and The Alarm.
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Ellen Goldfarb is the creator, director and producer of Dare To Be Different. Growing up listening to WLIR has greatly impacted her outlook on life and the pursuit of her dream of directing. Goldfarb has produced and directed many projects, but this is her first feature film. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Max Leinwand
  • Executive Producer:
    Denis McNamara, Gregg Goldfarb
  • Cinematographer:
    Greg Daniels
  • Editor:
    Allan Holzman
  • Cast:
    Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Nick Rhodes, Denis McNamara, Jim Kerr, Vince Clarke, Curt Smith, Fred Schneider, Thomas Dolby, Midge Ure, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell' Abate, Seymour Stein, Paul McGuinness, Miles Copeland, Joel Peresman, Larry Dunn, Donna Donna, Max Leinwand, "Malibu Sue" McCann, Ron Delsener, Wayne Forte, Steve Thompson
  • Producer:
    Ellen Goldfarb, Roger Senders
  • Director:
    Ellen Goldfarb
  • Screenwriter:
    Jay Reiss



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