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Who's Story Is It? Story Lounge

SciCafe 14

Mead Event with the Moth, POV, and StoryCorps

While storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and communication, as well as an important means to pass on knowledge from generation to generation, storytelling continually takes on new forms as technology evolves. We share stories today through online chats, live performances, documentary films, TV or radio broadcast, and on mobile devices as downloaded podcasts. Whose Story Is It? Story Lounge is an interactive event that will explore, along with the audience, the role of stories in our contemporary lives. What makes a story feel authentic to the listener or viewer? What are the storytellers’ own cultural and personal perspectives? What and how we hear about our own communities and those around the world?

Join anthropologist Pegi Vail for this conversation with leading producers who share their expertise and experiences. Story Lounge participants include filmmakers presenting documentaries at the Mead this year, the Moth founder George Green and Artistic Director Catherine Burns, POV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry, and StoryCorps Senior Producer Michael Garofalo and Producer Lizzie Jacobs. Relax in the lounge over a glass of wine, soda, or coffee* at tables to swap stories of your own during the break. 

Organized by Pegi Vail (NYU, The Moth)

Co-presented by Center for Media, Culture, and History, NYU

*Refreshments will be available for purchase during the event

Additional Background:
Each of the prominent storytelling organizations featured in Whose Story Is It? bring their own storytelling vision to viewers and listeners, from the Mead Festival’s presentation of ethnographic films and cross-cultural documentary storytelling over the last decades, to POV’s (a cinema term for “point of view”) Emmy and Oscar-winning social-issue and first-person documentary stories on TV and in theaters, including those screened this year at the Mead Festival. The Moth, which first brought urban storytelling to a new level, applauds both the personal narrative and the art of the raconteur and has quickly become a model for live storytelling across the country. Moth stories are nationally aired on radio and podcast. StoryCorps’ massive collection of archived stories that herald ordinary lives and connections between people are now also animated and broadcast on POV.