Boots Riley is 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 regarding economic and class critique as well as politically progressive movement building into dystopian science fiction satire, Boots Riley’s film, Sorry To Bother You brought issues surrounding income inequality into wide public discussion in the United States and abroad.
Currently, Boots is the writer and director for the upcoming streaming television 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 also is the founding member and lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine on guitar.
A dedicated community based activist over the course of many years, Boots was deeply involved with the Occupy Oakland movement and 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).