Renegade Dreamers Chronicles Young Artists Influenced by the Iconic Beat Generation

Renegade Dreamers Chronicles Young Artists Influenced by the Iconic Beat Generation


Renegade Dreamers: a documentary paying homage
to the 1950-60s NYC coffeehouse scene.
Tue-Wed, Mar 3-4, 2pm
Teatro Santa Ana in La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
150 pesos (includes reception)

By Kate Frank Cohen

“Renegade Dreamers is a refreshing documentary…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.Film Threat

“Renegade Dreamers is both down-to-earth and idealistic, gritty and reminiscent.

The documentary digs deep into the Village’s history of protest music and spoken word.

The Villager

Renegade Dreamers deftly weaves the stories of six of today’s best “unknown” New York artists—three poets and three folksingers—with their inspiration and counterparts from the 1950s and 60s—Greenwich Village counterculture icons Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Wavy Gravy, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Peter Yarrow, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Paxton, The Weavers, and others. It is loaded with interviews, protest, history, music, and poetry. NYS Music said Renegade Dreamers is “a film that makes you realize, in light of what is going on in our world today, it’s more important than ever to question authority.” And the film does just that in the hope that the next generation will pick up the mantle and challenge the status quo. Following the screening, the film’s director, Karen Kramer, will discuss the movie and answer questions. Called “one of the richest minds in film documentation” by Yale University professor Robert Farris Thompson, Kramer has been creating films since 1978 when her groundbreaking movie about a small snake-handling church in Appalachia received widespread acclaim. Since then, she has independently produced numerous films about rituals, traditions, and communities around the globe. Her movies have been seen worldwide at festivals and educational institutions and on network and public television. Kramer is a four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and awards from  the New York State Council on the Arts and UNICEF. She holds a BFA in film production from New York University and teaches at the New School for Social Research.

Renegade Dreamers will be shown in la Biblioteca’s newly-renovated Teatro Santa Ana.Following the screening and discussion, the audience is invited to a margaritaand limonada reception. Tickets for the film are 150 pesos, including the reception and may be purchased at Santa Ana box office, Calle Reloj 50A, Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm.

Please note: Advanced-purchase ticket holders are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before the program begins to be seated. Reel Docs films often sell out and unclaimed seats will be released to standbys on a first-come, first-served basis at showtime. Also, note that once the film has started, latecomers cannot be seated. For more information about Reel Docs, visit and