Mike Birbigilia: From Stage to Screen With SLEEPWALK WITH ME

Sleepwalk With Me is the 33-year-old's co-directorial debut. And what a debut it has been: after winning the Best Of NEXT Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Sleepwalk With Me was so popular at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, organizers had to turn fans away at each of its screenings.

 

Mike Birbiglia

Sleepwalk With Me follows Matt (Birbiglia), a struggling comic at a crossroads in life: his eight-year relationship with Abbie (Lauren Ambrose) is drifting into dead-shark territory, and his REM behavior disorder is getting more and more out of hand. But did you know this feature is based on Birbiglia's one-man, Off-Broadway show? Birbiglia and his co-writers⎯his brother Joe Birbiglia, Ira Glass, and stage veteran Seth Barrish⎯ended up collaborating on the screenplay which took over two years to transform from the stage piece to the screen.

How is the filmmaking process different than theatre? Birbiglia explains to Moviefone.

Sleepwalk With Me is screening as our Centerpiece Film at the Dreamland Theater. More screening information to be announced.