Edgar Oliver

Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

Edgar Oliver is a poet, playwright and performer appearing in New York theaters, film, and television. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Edgar is a gentleman; erudite, sophisticated, and compassionate. His original works include The Seven Year Vacation, The Lost Bedroom, Motel Blue 19, When She Had Bloodlust, The Master of Monstrosities, The Ghost of Brooklyn, The Poetry Killer, Mosquito Succulence, Hands in Wartime, I Am a Coffin, My Greek Hades, Chop Off Your Ear, and The Drowning Pages.

Edgar has published three poetry collections: A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There, Summer, and The Man Who Loved Plants. Edgar appeared on the Science Channel series Oddities, and he now hosts the spin-off show Odd Folks Home.

Also from the Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt's from an interview with Edgar's sister Helen

If you like this, please check out another Edgar Oliver video from the LES Bio Project, "Mother was a Hit-Run Driver", the haunted and depraved monologue that Edgar performed at the benefit for Goodie Magazine.

The Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming the Tide of Cultural Amnesia The Edgar Oliver Biography was produced by The Lower East Side Biography Project and was edited and directed by Heiko Producer, Interviewer: Penny Arcade
Producer: Steve Zehentner

Camera DV: Heiko Kalmbach
Camera 16mm: Claudia Amber & Mario Pegoraro
Sound: Sibylle Jud
Paintings: Helen Oliver Adelson
Music: Sack und Blumm
LES Bio Project Associate Producers: Dean Lance, Rick Jungers

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.