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We're going to Sundance with Mike Birbiglia

Dec 1, 2011

Sleepwalk With Me

We're thrilled to announce that the film version of Mike Birbiglia's story Sleepwalk With Me will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. For the last two years Ira Glass and our producer Alissa Shipp have been working with Mike to produce the film.

The official synopsis:
Reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up, a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking.

Mike's story originally came to us from The Moth, and aired in our 2008 episode Fear of Sleep. Then Mike adapted it into a one man show, and later a book. Mike directed the movie, and wrote it with Seth Barrish (who directed the stage version), Joe Birbiglia and Ira Glass. The film stars Mike, Lauren Ambrose, Jim Rebhorn and Carol Kane. It was shot by cinematographer Adam Beckman, who also shot our television show. Jacob Jaffke produced.

Congrats to Mike and all involved in this project. Wish us luck in Park City!

Pictured: a bloodied Mike Birbiglia collects himself after a sleepwalking injury outside La Quinta Inn.