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Chameleon Street is a 1989 independent film written by, directed by and starring Wendell B. Harris, Jr.. It tells the story of a social chameleon who impersonates reporters, doctors and lawyers in order to make money.
The film is a satire based on the life of Detroit con artist and high-school drop-out William Douglas Street, Jr., who successfully impersonated professional reporters, lawyers, athletes, extortionists, and surgeons, going so far as to perform more than 36 successful hysterectomies. A Sundance Film Festival press release in 2008 described it as "one of the first films to examine how mellifluously race, class, and role-playing morph into the social fabric of America." Chameleon Street won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival.
- sex, lies, and videotape and Chameleon Street selected for 25th Sundance Film Festival From the Collection Screenings. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 3, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090803140353/http://festival.sundance.org/2009/press_industry/releases/sex_lies_and_videotape_and_chameleon_street_selected_for_25th_sundance_film/. Retrieved 2009-07-18.