As live storytelling grows into a cultural phenomenon, six performers share their journey into its spotlight. The friendships they've formed are an anchor as their voices reach beyond the stages of New York City into publishing, radio, international art festivals and film.
They came from different worlds: comedy, improv, illustration, writing, full-time parenting and architecture. Storytelling shows in venues across New York City gave them a voice, but more importantly gave them each other. These performers give a back stage look at the ways the storytelling world has grown and changed, and at the friendships that have transformed them. They examine what makes telling true stories about our lives engaging, powerful and important.
After hospitalizing a controversial public figure, New York City dubbed him “The Bruiser”; however, if Wilson Bullock wants to win back his ex-girlfriend, he’s gonna have to prove he’s done indulging his petty superhero identity.
After yet another huge, embarrassing public lovers’ quarrel Nestor makes the inconvenient offer to his girlfriend, Jeri to meet him on an abandoned building. Jeri shows, believing this to be yet another reconciliation. And Nester shows with his own version of a truce. And as they have different versions of what could be a remedy for their passionate but combative relationship, they also have different versions of the relationship itself. And here in this building covered in graffiti, is where these two finally meet.
“Look Who’s Minding Our Planet” is a short, lyrical film that captures both the beauty of nature at the New York Botanical Garden and the impassioned scientists and aspiring interns who work behind the scenes to understand the complexity, evolution and diversity of the entire plant world.
One night, a young man insists on repairing the dangerously unstable pushcart of a tough aging woman who wanders the outskirts of New York in search of dumped bottles and cans.
FLAT TIRE is a simple quiet story of three people trying to get by. One of them, the only man in the story, tries to be heroic to no avail. The story is told from a distance, no sentimentality, and no judgement, using the simplest metaphors possible.
The reading depends on the viewer’s attitude and preoccupations. If you see it as a commentary on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, you’ll remember those elements. Someone else might see it from the social angle, or as an absurd story. At the most basic level FLAT TIRE reveals how a young man betrays his insecurity by constructing himself in a dramatic fashion as the man-of-action hero.
A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.
Actress, Olivia Spencer dreams of being a glamorous movie star in 1940's Hollywood. She gets her wish when she meets a handsome 'Devil' but all is not what it seems when she's hurdled into danger and intrigue in the world of the Old Hollywood movie studio system.
A devoted wife and mother has to deal with the repercussions of her husband’s public arrest. The two embark on an emotional journey as they spend the night on either side of their front door, fighting for their marriage.