In order to bring Dennis Leroy Kangalee’s controversial and haunting 2002 cult film As an Act of Protest to a new generation of film enthusiasts, activists, organizers, and those interested in revolutionary expression, The People’s Forum will host a screening of the movie in an attempt to communicate the vitality and importance of the film to local communities in NYC. Described once as an “internal Battle of Algiers” and “radical Taxi Driver” (had that film been a progressive movie) — As an Act of Protest is a perfect introduction to Dennis Leroy Kangalee’s art and work as a cultural activist — as well as a wonderful preparation for his Visual Liberation film workshops and the imminent re-release of “As an Act of Protest” on official DVD by Speller St Films in September, 2019.
DENNIS LEROY KANGALEE, BIO
Best known for the 2002 cult film As an Act of Protest and the ‘punk’ performance piece Gentrified Minds, Kangalee is a writer, performer, and filmmaker. A native New Yorker of Afro-Arawak Caribbean descent and one of the youngest actors ever to be accepted into the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, in 1996, he became the first person to ever induct a Black Theater seminar in Lincoln Center. A staunch believer in “Neighborhood, not Hollywood,” He has led his own theater company (Dionysus 2000) and staged various plays, lived and taught abroad, and is a passionate advocate for the artist, revolutionary art (aesthetically or politically) the outlier, the compulsive anti-authoritarians, the bewildered contrarian, and the dispossessed who are both angry and confused at the trajectory we have chosen to follow. He is the author of Lying Meat & Other Poems Beneath the Oil and his poetry has been published in America, Europe, and the West Indies.
Currently at work developing his touring “Visual Liberation” film series (presentations on radical movies and protest art) and a return to the screen as an actor – in a new film produced by Speller Street Films (Mtume Gant’s much anticipated I Don’t Live Today), Kangalee continues to remain both a well-respected artist and “radical media ecologist.”
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