POEMS FOR THE SCREEN
I have come to realize that writing can exist on multiple planes. It doesn’t just have to be on the page. There have been moments, although rare, when my work as a a writer has forced me to express myself as a dramatist or spoken word performer. Although I’m more comfortable as a writer, my forays into film and live performance are not meant to be works viewed as separate from my literary ambitions – but rather complementary and examples of how one can write for the screen or live theater.
Gentrified Minds – a live rendition of my poems about gentrification became a punk-rock experience; its expression was crying out to be heard within the context of a real DIY musical performance.
My narrative feature, As an Act of Protest was an attempt at creating a cinematic protest poem that was both an expressionistic political melodrama and ‘dogma’ film. Later works such as my recent Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World are exercises in mood and are more abstract — emphasizing space, words, and rhythm in a whole different way. What they both share is an attempt at rendering states of the soul, a character’s dilemma as opposed to ‘plot’ (which I cant’t stand).
Click on the title of each work to learn more about the project and sample clips.
AS AN ACT OF PROTEST (2001) – NARRATIVE/FEATURE
144 Minutes, Digital Video
An urgent and expressionistic narrative feature film about the psychological effects of racism and one man’s journey to eradicate racism as he slowly goes insane…
GENTRIFIED MINDS: THE NY HORROR VOL. 2 (2011) – THEATER/POETRY
47 Minutes, Digital Video
Written & performed by Dennis LeRoy Kangalee “The Nomad Junkie”
Directed by Nina Fleck
Music composed by Bob Kuch
A satiric-“punk” performance piece about the “suburbanization” of NYC, the vicious gentrification of Harlem, and the homogenization of the world at large.
ENDLESS SHARDS OF JAZZ FOR A BRUTAL WORLD (2015) AVANT-GARDE/SHORT
23 Minutes, HD
A blues monologue and lament, Endless is a moody web of despair rendered through a fractured cocktail of poetry, dialogue, memories, and meditations that seek to transcend the bleakness and spiritual horror of mankind. With Numa Perrier.