Brendan Hunt (activist)
|Born||December 14, 1983|
Brooklyn, New York
|🎓 Alma mater||Fordham University|
|🏅 Awards||Top New York Journalists (PubliSeek, July 2013)|
Brendan Hunt (born December 14, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor, musician, illustrator, activist, journalist, filmmaker and web designer. He is best known for co-creating the Occupy Wall Street Drum Circle, and his investigative research into the Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as his work as an actor. Hunt collaborates with underground comics legend Mark Bodé as his official archivist, and was added to PubliSeek's list of top New York journalists in July 2013.
Hunt spent most of his life acting in the New York City Off-Off-Broadway scene. He currently resides in Bayside, Queens.
Brendan Hunt was born December 14, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of noted lawyer and family court judge John Hunt. From 2001–2005, Hunt studied theater at Fordham University in Lincoln Center as a performance major. While attending Fordham, Hunt was directed by leading contemporary theater gurus Lawrence Sacharow and Ratan Thiyam Hunt also played the lead role in Thiyam's production of "The Blind Age".
Brendan Hunt has appeared in over one hundred independent films, plays, and other media productions. After graduation, Hunt composed the music, and played the "smiling, beguiling" role of Feste, in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at The Flea Theater.
In the Fall of 2011, he co-created and maintained the Occupy Wall Street Drum Circle in downtown Manhattan during the historic protests. Hunt also was part of the security team at Zuccotti Park: Occupy Wall Street's base of operations. Hunt helped organize the 24-hour Occupy Bloomberg drum circle protest on November 20, 2011, outside of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mansion, and was subsequently featured in news outlets worldwide. Hunt was unlawfully arrested at Zuccotti Park a few months later for playing a drum, which again drew international media attention. The three misdemeanor charges brought against Hunt were dismissed after video surfaced of NYPD officers deliberately targeting him for arrest.
Hunt is the owner of X-Ray Ultra Studios, through which he publishes original, independent multimedia projects. A few weeks after the alleged events of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took place, Hunt produced a documentary titled The Sandy Hook Cover-Up which subsequently went viral after being re-posted by popular media outlets like Examiner.com.
Hunt has visited the town of Sandy Hook twice so far, producing video footage of residents claiming FBI agents are intimidating locals into silence. His work has been profiled by Salon Magazine and many other media outlets around the globe.
Since 2012, Hunt has worked closely with cartoonist Mark Bodé, creating an online archive for the artwork of Mark's father (legendary comics artist Vaughn Bodē). The two plan to publish some of their collaborative projects in the near future. Hunt also stayed with Bodé at his home in April 2013, creating a digital database for the family's estate, which includes thousands upon thousands of unpublished drawings.
In late 2013, the New York Daily News and other publications picked up on the story of Christian Adamek's tragic suicide, after Hunt uploaded a previously censored news broadcast. The "scrubbed" segment shows Adamek's school principal publicizing the troubles the student, which may have prompted the young man to commit suicide. The school's administration was pressing for serious sex offender charges against Adamek simply because he pulled off a streaking prank at a Football game.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Brendan Hunt was arrested by federal authorities after he allegedly threatened to murder or incited others to murder members of Congress, according to the criminal complaint filed by authorities. Hunt, was arrested in Queens following a raid by the FBI -- but he wasn't at the siege in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The alleged threats were made in a series of posts on various social media websites under the alias "X-Ray Ultra" between Dec. 6 and Jan. 12. Various posts indicated Hunt, a full-time employee of the New York State Office of Court Administration as an Assistant court analyst in the attorney registration unit, believed President Donald Trump's widely disputed claims of a "rigged election" and wanted to exact revenge on Democrats involved in the process. He listed several by name in at least one Facebook post, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Two days after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Hunt allegedly posted an 88-second video titled "KILL YOUR SENATORS" on a video-sharing site. Hunt is also accused of calling for violence at President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday in that video. 
Hunt's independent journalism work includes the documentaries Kurt Cobain: Murdered, The Boston Bombing Cover-Up, Occupy Wall Street: Month One, History of the Illuminati, Return to Sandy Hook, and 9/11 Files.
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- Stellabotte, Ryan. "Theatrical Visionary in a Blind Age" (PDF). Fordham University. Retrieved May 23, 2014.[permanent dead link]
- "Archives". X-Ray Ultra Studios. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Jacobs, Leonard. "Off-Off-Broadway Review: Twelfth Night". Backstage. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Headlee, Celeste. "Occupy Wall Street Continues to Grow in Fourth Week". The Takeaway. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Beja, Marc. "Wall Street protesters say they're fed up with irresponsible outsiders". amNY. Archived from the original on October 26, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
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- Franklin II, Frank. "An occupier gets arrested..." Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- "Brendan Hunt and Occupy protesters attacked by police, arrested!". X-Ray Ultra. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Seitz-Wald, Alex (March 20, 2013). "Sandy Hook truthers not giving up". Salon. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- "The Vaughn Bode Archives". Junkwaffel. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Kemp, Joe (10/11/2013). "Alabama Teen Hangs Himself..." New York Daily News. Retrieved May 23, 2014. Check date values in:
- Feds: NY Court Worker Called for ‘Public Executions' of Top Dems in Online Posts https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-accused-of-threatening-elected-officials-online-is-arrested-in-queens-source/2837459/
- Official website
- Salon.com profile
- Brendan Hunt interview, New York Daily News
- X-Ray Ultra Studios, the New York media company that Hunt owns
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