Art and Civil Disobedience with Boots Riley
A World Premiere Shed Commission
The director of Sorry to Bother You gives a one-night-only lecture in conjunction with The Shed’s DIS OBEY program for NYC high school students, which explores themes of protest and resistance through poetry.
Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker. Riley wrote and directed Sorry to Bother You, a comedy fantasy sci-fi film, in his directorial debut. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, and Terry Crews. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Fest and opened to strong critical acclaim in theaters nationwide later in 2018. He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.
Fervently dedicated to social change, Riley was deeply involved with the Occupy Oakland movement. He was one of the leaders of the activist group The Young Comrades. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Tell Homeland Security—We Are the Bomb.