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Bruce Benderson
The Lower East Side Biography Project
excerpt from 28 minute biography

Steve Zehentner:  Producer, Director of Photography, Editor
Penny Arcade: Producer, Interviewer
Dia Felix: Director, Editor, 2nd Camera

Bruce Benderson is a novelist, essayist, journalist and translator, widely published in France. Benderson's erotic memoir Autobiographie érotique, about a nine-month sojourn in Romania, won the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix de Flore.

His book-length essay, Toward the New Degeneracy, looks at New York’s Times Square, where rich and poor once mixed in a lively atmosphere of drugs, sex, and commerce. Benderson argues that this kind of mingling of classes has been the source of many modern avant-garde movements, and he laments the disappearance of that particular milieu. His novel User (1994) is a lyrical descent into the world of junkies and male hustlers. He is also the author of James Bidgood (Taschen, 1999), about the maker of the cult film Pink Narcissus. -Wikipedia


The Bruce Benderson Biography was produced by The Lower East Side Biography Project and was edited and directed by Dia Felix in collaboration with Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner. This excerpt was edited by Steve Zehentner and screened at Earl Dax's live queer performance extravaganza, Pussy Faggot.

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 will help 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 forty 28-minute biographies, videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The completed biographies are cablecast and streamed live every Monday at 11 p.m EST on Time Warner Cable Channel 34 and on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community Channel One.
http://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel

View the current livestream and cablecast schedule on the project's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/LowerEastSideBiographyProject