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Judith Malina
The Lower East Side Biography Project
excerpt from 28 minute biography

Steve Zehentner Credits:  Producer, Director of Photography

Judith Malina was an actress, writer, director, and co-founder of the Living Theater. Founded in 1947 as an imaginative alternative to the commercial theater by Judith Malina, the German-born student of Erwin Piscator, and Julian Beck, an abstract expressionist painter of the New York School, The Living Theatre has staged nearly a hundred productions performed in eight languages in 28 countries on five continents – a unique body of work that has influenced theater the world over. A life long pacifist, anti death penalty activist and self-described leader of “the beautiful non-violent anarchist revolution”, Judith Malina’s work has continually challenged the forms, content and style of the theatre and its relationship to and with the audience. www.livingtheatre.org


The Judith Malina Biography was produced by The Lower East Side Biography Project and was directed and edited by Jeffrey Galusha in collaboration with Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner.


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