Throughout New York City the air is filled with the sounds of subversive poetry, radical songwriting and calls for social change.
From poetry slams and open mics to subway platforms, basements, cafes, street demonstrations and political rallies, new poets and protest singers - following in the footsteps of renegade spirits from the Beat poetry and Folk music scene of Greenwich Village - are using passion and powerful voices to challenge the status quo.
Where Allen Ginsberg’s controversial poems fought against the atomic bomb and conformity, today’s hip slam poets are using their words to combat police brutality and globalization. Where Bob Dylan sang against segregation and war, todays protest singers take their guitars to marches and cafes to rail against corporate greed, racism, and other issues.
RENEGADE DREAMERS, interweaves the protest movements of another era with a new generation of radical young bohemians who are using their songs and spoken word poetry to challenge the political issues of their day. From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the fight against climate change, to Occupy Wall Street, the streets are filled with their voices.
Flooded with music and poetry (old and new) and footage of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Wavy Gravy, Joan Baez, Len Chandler, Peter Yarrow, Dave Van Ronk, Maria Muldaur, Tom Paxton, the Weavers, and some of the best young artists you haven’t yet heard of, this film takes a larger look at what it means to be a renegade and dreamer in America.
The film is shot, edited, and nearly ready for distribution. Funds are being sought to help pay for the archival material, the sound mix, and color corrections. In today’s political climate, now more than ever, we need to hear these new voices and help get the message out.
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