Boots Riley

Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific director, screenwriter, producer, poet, rapper, and speaker.

His directorial debut, “Sorry to Bother You” premiered to strong critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.

By embedding messages about progressive movement building in dystopian science fiction satire, Sorry To Bother You brought income inequality into the public conversation.

Boots Riley wrote and will direct all episodes of the upcoming series I’m A Virgo, an absurdist, coming of age story about a 13-foot-tall Black man who lives in Oakland, California. The series stars Jharrel Jerome, who won an Emmy for his role in Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us”.

He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

Fervently dedicated to social change, Boots 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 collection of essays “Tell Homeland Security-We Are the Bomb” (Haymarket Books).


Boots Riley is the director and writer of Sorry To Bother You, lead vocalist of The Coup, and a speaker on progressive movement building. He is available for speaking engagements via Evil Twin Booking Agency.
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