Dispatches from the Moth

Explore interviews, storytelling tips, playlists and other Mothy fun curated by our staff and community.

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Sep 29, 2011

The Moth Profiles: Pamela Yates

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

When Pamela Yates told her story at The Moth in 2001, she had no idea that she was beginning the process of formulating her second documentary film. The theme of The Moth that night was In The Dark: Filmmakers Illuminate Stories from the Film World and Yates recounted her experiences making her first documentary When the Mountains Tremble in 1983. The documentary featured the story of Rigoberta Menchú and other indigenous people as they faced genocide by the Guatemalan military. Now, over a...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Sep 23, 2011

A Tribute to Wanda Bullard

by George Dawes Green, Founder of The Moth

Wanda Bullard would welcome almost anyone to her bungalow on St Simon’s Island, Georgia. And as she made a mean venison stew, and always had plenty of wine and Jack Daniel’s on hand, consequently a lot of eccentrics and oddballs and whirligigs would alight there. Late at night we’d still be out on her porch and telling stories. Dayton told of the night 20,000 chickens got away from him. Bill Jennings recounted his knockabout Navy adventures. Kenny told about driving home from Nahunta in a car...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Sep 16, 2011

MothSHOP & Participant Media Bring Storytelling Workshops to High Schools

by Larry Rosen, MothSHOP Coordinator

This summer, the MothSHOP Community Education Program teamed up with Participant Media, an entertainment company that focuses on documentary and narrative feature films, television, publishing, music, and digital content about the real issues that shape our lives, to bring storytelling workshops to selected high school students in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Inspired by Participant’s release of the movie The Help – based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel about African American maids...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Sep 02, 2011

Announcing New StorySLAMs in Louisville and Pittsburgh!

by Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer

Welcome storytellers and story listeners! We’re excited to announce that starting this September, The Moth will be presenting more stories of grit(s) and steel! Our monthly Louisville StorySLAMs kick-off September 27th at Headliners Music Hall and will continue on the last Tuesday of every month. Pittsburgh StorySLAMs begin October 11th and will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at Club Café. We’re also adding another StorySLAM on the third Monday of the month in Chicago at the...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Aug 30, 2011

The Moth Profiles: Mazz Swift

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

Many musicians have graced The Moth stage, but few as often as Mazz Swift, who began playing violin at age 6 and first bestowed her improvised pieces on The Moth audiences in 2006. The role of The Moth musician is a unique one. Their music opens the show, drawing the audience’s attention to the stage before the storytelling begins. The musician also serves as a timekeeper, playing a few notes as a signal to storytellers that they are nearing or have exceeded their allotted time....

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