Leee Black Childers

Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

Leee Black Childers was a rock 'n' roll photographer, raconteur and documentarian of the punk movement. R-I-P beautiful boy!

“I have a pretty bizarre history -- worked and/or lived with Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mott the Hoople, Johnny Thunders, Levi & the Rockats, Sid Vicious, Jayne County, The Star Spangles. I've toured all over the world and even been arrested in Russia by the KGB. Music has shaped my whole life and career - so, I like everything. At home I listen to suicide music - torch singers, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Timi Yuro, Gene Pitney, you get the picture. In public I like the trouble makers.” - Leee Black Childers

The Leee Black Childers Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project and was directed and edited by Geoff Bruen in collaboration with Penny Arcade, Steve Zehentner and Dean Lance.
Producer, Interviewer: Penny Arcade 

Producer, Director of Photography: Steve Zehentner

Associate Producers: Dean Lance, Rick Jungers

Second Camera: Dean Lance, Rich Speziale
Photography: Leee Black Childers

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.