Chameleon Street
Still from Chameleon Street, part of Cinema Rediscovered

Chameleon Street

classified 15

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Wendell B. Harris Jr.
Harris Jr., Angela Leslie, Amina Fakir
94 mins, 1990, USA
Primary language

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival — yet unseen for over three decades —Chameleon Street recounts the audacious story of Michigan con artist Douglas Street - the titular “chameleon” who successfully impersonated his way up the socioeconomic ladder by posing as a magazine reporter, an Ivy League student, a respected surgeon, and a corporate lawyer.

Elevated by a dexterous performance and daring direction from actor-writer-director Wendell B. Harris Jr, the film offers a glimpse on race, class and performance in American identity.

Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative under the supervision of Wendell B. Harris Jr, courtesy of Arbelos Films.