The Groucho Marxist of the anti-capitalist brigade, activist Aron Kay has been dubbed the mad Yippie pieman for a whole series of pie-in-the-face attacks stretching across almost three decades, and including such victims as right-wing political commentator William F. Buckley, former CIA director William Colby, former New York Mayor Abe Beame, Phyllis Schlafly and many others. - pieman.org

The Aron KayBiography was produced by The Lower East Side Biography Project and was edited and directed by Justin O. Silverman in collaboration with Penny Arcade, Steve Zehentner and Dean Lance.

The Lower East Side Biography Project was created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive. The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive will help to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics.

The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. To this end, the LES Bio Project has a community-media training component where young filmmakers are trained in production and post-production technologies and then become shepherds of an individual oral history that they edit into a 28-minute biography. Since its inception, the LES Bio Project has trained over forty individuals, completed forty 28-minute biographies, videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The project’s biographies cablecast in New York City every Monday at 11pm EST on Time Warner Channel 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and stream live on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel One mnn.org.
See the project's Facebook page for a current schedule facebook.com/LowerEastSideBiographyProject

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Justin O. Silverman: Director/Editor
Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography
Penny Arcade: Producer, Interviewer
Dean Lance: Associate Director
Rick Jungers: 2nd Camera
Amy P. Ferrara, Justin Silverman: Lights & Sound

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