Sister Elizabeth Kelliher

Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, an 89-year-old Catholic social activist, passed away on Friday (August 16) at Lurana Health Care Residence of St. Francis Convent in Garrison, New York.

Kelliher operated a soup kitchen serving up to 500 people a day during her time in Vancouver. In 2009, she went without food for a week as part of a homelessness hunger strike relay. According to a post on NDP MLA Jenny Kwan's website, Kelliher said she didn't even feel hungry during the week when she only consumed liquids.

Kelliher came to Vancouver after spending 35 years helping the poor in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Her funeral mass and burial was held on August 22nd at the Motherhouse chapel in Graymoor, which is in Garrison. - excerpt from Vancouver's Full obituary
Video profile of Vancouver's Sisters of Atonement with Sister Elizabeth.
A wonderful feature article by Suzanne Ahearne here;

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.