Tuesday, April 2, 2013

**CLOSED** Giveaway: Sleepwalk with Me

Want to sleepwalk with me?

No. Really. I'll be hosting a Sleepwalk with Me Q&A with its writer/director/star/sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia, and, thanks to Sharmill Films, I have 3 double passes to join the fun.

If you're a fan of This American Life, then you'll already know all about the film. In fact, I also had the great pleasure of interviewing Mike's producer and co-writer, the singular Mr. Ira Glass (really) - so I'll be sure to post a link to that as soon as it's online at SBSFilm.

**Update: my interview with Ira Glass is now online at SBSFilm.

The Q&A screening is this Friday 5th April, 8:45pm at Dendy Newtown.
US stand-up comic-turned-playwright Mike Birbiglia tries his hand at filmmaking and succeeds with the multi-award-winning and US box office hit comedy SLEEPWALK WITH ME.

Direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, writer, director and star MIKE BIRBIGLIA will answer your questions in person about sleepwalking and working with This American Life’s Ira Glass in a special Q&A event at Dendy Newtown.

‘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 Birbiglia 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.

Winner of the NEXT Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me engages in a kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass (PRI’s ‘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 including Kristin Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Marc Maron, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips, David Wain and Alex Karpovsky.

Bursting with sincerity, Mike Birbiglia’s foray into the medium marks the invigorating emergence of a strong and poignant American voice, at once hilarious and heartbreaking.

To go in the running to win one of three double passes to attend the Q&A screening at Dendy Newtown, email me [subject: Sleepwalk with Me] with your name for the doorlist. Winners will be notified by reply.

Australian release date: 4 April 2013

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