I remember telling a group of friends at Dragon*Con in 2009 about my sleepwalking habit – and in return was asked if I’d ever heard of Mike Birbiglia. Because of that question, I started listening to This American Life and haven’t stopped since.
This month I saw Ira Glass on his “Reinventing Radio” tour; with an iPad and a microphone, he told us not only the story of the show but some of the stories behind the stories. Before the night was over, he asked us to check out and support the very first “This American Life” movie: Sleepwalk With Me.
Sleepwalk with Me tells the true story of Birbiglia, in his twenties, full of anxiety about what to do with his girlfriend – should they get married? should they break up? – and expressing that anxiety through a series of increasingly spectacular sleepwalking incidents.
Here’s one of them, from early in the film. He and the girlfriend (played by Lauren Ambrose) visited some friends and their new baby, and talk about whether someday they’d have a baby, leading to this scene. The gorgeous cinematography is the work of the incredible Adam Beckman, who won an Emmy shooting our TV show on Showtime and who shot the film. Mike wrote, directed and stars.