About this project
Woohoo, we are blessed to have reached the goal, but we are not stopping, as we have more money to raise to cover our budget. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!
If you don't know "Strangers," may I suggest checking out a couple of samples? I think you'll enjoy them. Here's Jennefer Ludwigsen's story from a recent episode :
"Strangers" is a storytelling podcast where people tell true stories from their lives about how we live, how we love, why we travel, where we go, what we are seeking, who we meet, and who we become in the process. It's about travelers, seekers, dreamers, lovers and warriors. It's about fateful moments, bad dates, long lost friends, life-saving kindnesses, and those frightful moments when we discover that we aren't even who we thought we were. Just like life, the stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always poignant. It's produced by me, Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and former Executive & Creative Director of The Moth for a decade. "Strangers" is my new storytelling baby. I'm raising money for season 2. Here's a full sample episode from Season 1:
"Strangers" is a co-production between my organization, Story Central, and KCRW's Independent Producer Project. My plan is to produce 12 episodes in Season 2, and if we meet our goal for this campaign, we will. But ultimately we need to raise more to cover the entire budget, and we are grateful for every penny you contribute!
Check out our SWEET rewards:
Our "Strangers...no more" t-shirts (yours with $25 gift):
The "Strangers" Bag (yours with just $15 gift!):
The "Six Degrees of Francis Bacon" poster created by Idiots'Books:
The "Strangers" print from artist Robbi Behr:
The KCRW "boom box" flash drive--how cute is that--and it comes loaded with the entire Season 1 of "Strangers."
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge with "Strangers" is that it takes TIME to produce. For each episode I interview the storytellers for hours, because I like to get to the deeper truth, which only comes out when you sit with someone for a long time. Then I plow through all those hours of interview tape and string them into one coherent story. That's a lot work, but it's worth to me, because what I've always loved about storytelling, more than any other art form, is that stories take us on journeys and show us that the world is vast and that there are many ways to live, but at the SAME time, good, true stories highlight those fundamental, human themes that bring us together across cultural and social and geographical divides. There are no shortcuts to finding and bringing out those kinds of stories, it requires, time, work, mental presence, patience (and therefore money!). I'm very fortunate to have the support of KCRW's Independent Producer Project, but I need your help raising the other half, so thank you for ANYTHING you can give.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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