Winner of the Best Of NEXT Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Sleepwalk With Me begins with comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia speaking directly to the viewer:
"I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s true. . . . I always have to tell people that."
So asserts Birbiglia at the outset of this 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. 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.
Dates and times
- 26 April – 8.30pm (no extended Q&A)
- 28 April – 5.30pm (+ extended Q&A)
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Screenwriters: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti, Marc Maron
About the Director
Comedian Jimmy Carr will moderate an extended Q&A with Sleepwalk With Me director and screenwriter Mike Birbigia following this screening.