Wales International Film Festival
Dallas Video Festival
Woodstock Museum Festival
Cinema Village Theatrical Run
Angelika Theater, Dallas
Courage Film Festival, Berlin
Teatro Santa Ana, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Spotlight Documentary Silver Award
"I learned so much from this movie, and that to me is always a surprise. I am so impressed with this movie and I do hope so many will get a chance to see it." - Ron Olesko, Folk Music Notebook WFDU-FM
"This film is a window that is well worth looking into" -CJ Baker, The Changing History of Folk Music
"a timely, enlightening, and inspirational documentary" - Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru
"presents a vibrant pastiche of history, music, and poetry, an homage to the past, and an infectious excitement about the present' - Wendy Moscow Town and Village Newspaper
"Karen Kramer came up with a new way to tell the story" - Alison Stewart , WNYC
"A kaleidoscope of vibrant generational influences on protest music and spoken word poetry across the decades. Connecting the '30s, the Beats and '60s culture with the contrasting political and creative struggles younger artists face today." - Prairie Miller, WBAI
"One of the best documentaries of 2019.” - Spotlight Awards
"The lack of narration in Renegade Dreamers is important because at no point does Miss Kramer try to tell you how to feel about either the struggling artists or their progenitors. Instead, she presents you with their stories, told by them, and allows you to make your own conclusions.....
Renegade Dreamers also gives a history lesson of the folk and poetry movements of the civil rights era told by the people who lived it, how even the least engaged members of the community were forced into action by an oppressive society. There is actually a lot I didn’t know like the origin of snapping instead of applauding or the Washington Park folk music riot.
Through b roll she shows you our modern commercial world. She shows how we face civil rights questions every bit as important as the ones from our past. Then she shows the endless stream of distractions and commercials that modern Americans wade through on a daily basis. She shows the sensory overload of Times Square, then juxtaposes that with shots of our modern artists in tiny bars desperately trying to engage an audience of less than 10.
In the end, Renegade Dreamers is a refreshing documentary. For once we are shown the struggles of young people who aren’t trying to become rich and famous. For them, it isn’t about a desperate bid for notoriety and extravagance. For them, the goal is merely to try and get others to care about the world around them. It’s the story of young people, inspired by the example of great artists before them, rejecting modern comforts and ease to instead desperately scream their pleas for help to an apathetic world. Renegade Dreamers is a documentary that doesn’t ask it’s viewers to do anything beyond ask themselves, “When did you stop caring?""