Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

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. –

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

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 work 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 over sixty 28-minute programs, and videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The completed biographies cablecast and stream live every Monday at 11 p.m EST, in Manhattan on Time Warner 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and live stream on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community Channel One.

View the current cablecast and livestream schedule on the project's Facebook page.