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As live storytelling grows into a cultural phenomenon, six performers share their journey into its spotlight. 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. They give a back stage look at the ways the storytelling world has grown and changed, and the friendships that are an anchor as their voices reach beyond the stages of NYC into publishing, radio, international art festivals and film. It's an intimate look at what makes telling true stories about our lives engaging, powerful and important. Be brave. Be heard. Be found.
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Bright Lights Documentary
1h 7m — 1 subtitle
As live storytelling grows into a cultural phenomenon, six performers share their journey into its spotlight. 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...
Adam Wade: Growing Up with Stories
Ophira Eisenburg: This Cultural Moment
What are some of the current cultural trends that are lending themselves to the success
of live (or audio recorded) storytelling?
Tim Manley: Tell the Story, Change Yourself
The telling of a story itself became the final step of personal transformation.
Peter Aguero: Being Fundamentally Changed
How mining his past for stories and then telling them have changed him.
Peter Aguero: When Stories Were at Their Best
The ebb and flow of stage stories as shows came increasingly into the cultural spotlight.
Tim Manley: Who’s Gonna Go Electric
Tim (with Jen) speculates on how the scene and its players could potentially “blow up”.
Bright Lights Trailer
Ed Gavagan: Not Everything is a Story
(Even though in this moment in time, some people might think it is.)
Jen Lee: On Stage versus Social Settings
The kind of listening during a live show that makes something possible beyond standard
Ed Gavagan: Emotion and Humor
How humor becomes apparent in retrospect and can help balance the heavier weight of
a difficult story.
Ed Gavagan: Bringing a Moment Alive
Ed tells a story as an audience member of a time when a story that should have been thrilling simply wasn’t, and he shares his thoughts on bringing the room with you.
Adam’s Journey (Part Two)
When he hit the Big Apple, Adam became an NBC page and received great advice from
his boss, Colin Quinn.
Jen Lee: Private People in the Spotlight
Just because someone is on stage or behind a microphone doesn’t mean they are an open book--in fact, often the contrary.
Adam's Journey Part One