Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

Frogie Congas is a gifted percussionist and recording artist. Growing up in the Lower East Side drug trade, Frogie spent most of his life between ages 16 - 43 in and out of penal institutions. His is a philosophy cut from the granite of the streets.

The Frogie Congas Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project and was directed and edited by Keith Geller in collaboration with Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner
Director/Editor: Keith Geller
Producer, Interviewer: Penny Arcade
Camera, Lights & Sound: Jill Cowburn, Sibylle Jud, Heiko Kalmbach, Dean Lance, Steve Zehentner
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.