Karen Kramer has been a documentary filmmaker since 1978 when her groundbreaking film about a small snake handling church in Appalachia was released to widespread acclaim. Since then she has independently produced a dozen other documentaries about rituals traditions, human rights and communities. These include award winning films such as The Jolo Serpent Handlers, To Serve The Gods, Legacy of the Spirits, Haitian Song, Celebration, The Last of the New York Cigar Rollers, Days of Awe, Children of Shadows, The Ballad of Greenwich Village and several others.
Karen Kramer's films have received wide distribution both domestically and internationally. They have been televised on NBC, Fox 5, WNET, The Oprah Show, CNN, WLIW, and dozens of venues overseas. In addition to winning awards at festivals worldwide, they have been screened at such prestigious showcases as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum, and hundreds of others. More than 150 universities show her films on a continual basis. She has lectured and toured extensively with her work from Europe to Africa to South America - and has appeared on dozens of radio programs.
The filmmaker has four times received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the NewYork Council for the Humanities, the George Soros Foundation, UNICEF, andmmany others. She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Film Summary: RENEGADE DREAMERS is a window into the NewYork protest poets and folk singers of today whouse their art for social change, interwoven with alook back at the Beat poets and radical protestsingers of the legendary Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene of the ‘60s that started it all.