Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 by David Chen
In the past month, /Film readers and /Filmcast listeners have helped us raise over $10,000 for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. This money will go towards FilmAid‘s important work there, which will bring media training and workshops to thousands of people in need. Now it’s our turn to fulfill our end of the bargain: delivering you guys a 10-hour long broadcast, this Saturday (March 30th), from 9 AM – 7 PM Pacific time. I’ve been busy locking down the final schedule and while I can’t announce it publicly yet, I can promise that there will be some pretty great guests, both familiar and unfamiliar, during the broadcast. I’m super excited! Also note: huge portions of this podcast will be recorded and released over the course of the next few weeks.
We hope you guys will tune in on Saturday and help us support this great cause. In the meantime, I recently had a chance to speak with Mark Somen from the board of directors of FilmAid. He told me about where our $10,000 is going, what it will help to accomplish, and also discussed the launch of Dadaab Stories, a FilmAid project that helps to bring bring the Dadaab people’s stories to life. You can download and listen to our interview after the jump. And if you want to support the cause, FilmAid could always use it.
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Well, you guys really did it: through our fundraiser, as of yesterday afternoon, the readers of /Film and listeners to the /Filmcast have raised over $10,000 for FilmAid! The work that FilmAid is doing there is changing lives, so by the transitive property, we’re now helping to change lives! I’m gobsmacked, humbled, and so, so grateful that you’ve all joined us for this journey — hopefully, the first of many.
There’s still much work to do in terms of planning the logistics of a 10-hour long broadcast. But in the meantime, mark your calendars: March 30th, 2013, will be an epic day of live /Filmcasting. And don’t let the fact that we’ve already reached the goal stop you from giving even more.
FilmAid’s full press release follows after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by David Chen
One of the reasons I started the /Filmcast was because I believe film has the power to change our lives. I’m sure all of us at some point have been moved, changed, or informed by a film that we’ve seen. In fact, in the U.S. and in other countries, film has the power to convey life-changing information to those in need.
That’s why I’d like you to help us raise $10,000 to bring the power of film to an African refugee camp by sponsoring a 10-hour long live broadcast of the /Filmcast. Intrigued? You can read more details after the jump, or you can head straight to the donate page right now.
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Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by David Chen
Many people have asked what’s going on with The Tobolowsky Files. I can promise that once things have calmed (hopefully in the next few weeks), new episodes will resume on the old feed. In the meantime, Stephen is just finishing up the last leg of his book tour. New Yorkers: won’t you come support him? Stephen Tobolowsky will be at the 92Y this Saturday (12/16) at 7 PM. I’ve had the privilege of seeing him live and I can promise that it’ll be an unforgettable evening of storytelling and Q&A. I wish I could make it myself, but the East Coast is just too far for me these days.
Head on over to the 92Y’s website for the full details.
Stephen Tobolowsky’s book based on The Tobolowsky Files has recently hit the shelves, but he’s soon going to take a break from his intense book tour to join me in Seattle. Together, we’ll be performing The Tobolowsky Files live at the Moore Theatre on October 13th! If you have a chance, please come check out the show and say hi afterwards if you get the chance.
Seattle has always been extraordinarily welcoming of our podcast and our live show. Our show last January at the Neptune Theater sold out and our show at the Moore looks to be on the same track. If you’re available, I invite you to come join us. Buy tickets and find out more info by clicking on this link.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by David Chen
Over two years ago, I made the following pitch to actor Stephen Tobolowsky: “Your stories are so good. I bet there are tons more stories where those came from. And I feel like if we don’t do something to preserve them, they’ll be lost forever. So, let me know if you want to do something to preserve them.” The subsequent project that resulted, “The Tobolowsky Files,” changed both of our lives. In addition to becoming a successful podcast, it has since led to sold out live shows, been picked up on several public radio stations, and spawned a book from Simon & Schuster.
Now Public Radio International, which distributes hit radio shows such as This American Life, has entered into an agreement with Stephen and I to produce and distribute a brand new radio show based on “The Tobolowsky Files.” The new show will feature many of Stephen’s great stories, but in a new, professional format that will make them more accessible than ever. I can’t say what the future will hold for our show, but our hope is that “The Tobolowsky Files” will be coming soon to a public radio station near you.
More details, plus the full press release, after the jump.
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As most of our readers are likely aware, last night a violent man turned the opening of The Dark Knight Rises into a shocking tragedy. For reasons that are currently unclear, he opened fire on a group of moviegoers who’d gathered to watch a midnight screening in Aurora, CO, killing many and wounding more.
There is nothing we at /Film can add to the conversation today. The core facts are widely known, and understanding of the situation is evolving as authorities perform their duties. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We ask that our readers keep those suffering from this horrific event in their thoughts as well.
Please visit the Associated Press for full details on the incident.
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Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by David Chen
Just a friendly reminder that Stephen Tobolowsky and I will be in New York and Boston next week to perform a set of stories from the Tobolowsky Files! For those of you who came out to our shows in Cambridge and Seattle, this will be a different set of stories than you saw last time.
On Febraury 27th at 7:00 PM, we’ll be at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, presenting an event in conjunction with the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Buy tickets for that show by clicking here (click on the showtime on the left-hand side).
On February 28th at 7:30 PM, we’ll be at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Buy tickets for that show by clicking here.
Hope to see some of you there!