Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Sofa Stories is Dropping a Series of Short Films and Raising Money for the Next Phase of Their Project

Last Summer, Sofa Stories brought a unique storytelling experience to Detroit. They "featured a selection of monologues that were performed by actors sitting on sofas to one audience member (or pair) at a time." The goal was to help attendees learn more about what they can do to help end youth homelessness and to raise money to help amplify these voices and the stories they have to tell.  The event was a huge success and they raised the money they needed to take this project to the next level. 

"Now, the Sofa Stories team is launching a short film series featuring six original monologues featured in that project. The hope with these films is to reach new audiences and continue a larger conversation on how to help end youth homelessness in the city of Detroit." Part of continuing that conversation will be taking this project into its next phase." The next phase of the Sofa Stories project focuses on the stories of LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity. This phase of the project will create paid opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced homelessness, along with various opportunities for local artists committed to using their art form for social change. Young people will be matched with a Detroit-based writer to help craft an original monologue or performance piece, which will then be incorporated into live performances and films that will be presented in late 2022/early 2023.

To see these films and to help Sofa Stories reach its next goal you can come out to their film premiere at Spread Art this Saturday, June 18th. The night will feature a raffle with prizes from the Schvitz, Nora, Floyd, The Congregation, Detroit Opera, Detroit Public Theatre, and more. A $20 suggested donation is being asked, but you can donate more and you can still come if you need to donate less! The goal is to get the word out and to help Sofa Stories keep amplifying the voices that need it most with the thing we all need most...$.

Learn more about this event here.


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