IFC Films will be releasing Sleepwalk with Me in limited release August 24. Actually, a "limited release" is somewhat of an understatement, since it is only playing in one New York City theater. To help spread the word about this new comedy, actor/director/writer Mike Birbiglia and writer/producer Ira Glass made this charming featurette to promote the movie, and the Q&A sessions they are holding after each screening. Take a look at this video to see what lengths these filmmakers will go to in order for their indie to succeed. You can also CLICK HERE to visit the movie's official website, for information on how you can request a screening in your hometown.
"I'm going to tell you a story, and it's true....I always have to tell people that." So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbigliaa directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass (This American Life), Sleepwalk with Me features a stellar supporting cast that includes Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Carol Kane (Taxi), James Rebhorn (Meet the Parents), Cristin Milioti (30 Rock), and a sampling from the who's who of today's stand-up scene.
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