Ira Glass brings ‘This American Life’ to movie screens

April 26th, 2008 - 2:15 pm ICT by amritpal  

ira glassIra Glass, 49, an American public radio personality, and host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life is now slated to be on movie screens next week.

In 2005, This American Life celebrated its 10th anniversary. The following week, as a special show celebrating the anniversary, the first episode, “New Beginnings”, was re-broadcast. Prior to this, the first episode had never been aired outside of Chicago. When the first episode was broadcast in 1995, the show was known as Your Radio Playhouse. That first episode includes interviews with talk-show host Joe Franklin and Ira’s mother, as well as stories by Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired, and filmmaker, performance artist Lawrence Steger.

On Thursday, Glass is transforming the program to the stage and screen. “This American Life Live” will be staged at New York University and simultaneously broadcast at over 300 movie theaters across the country, including the Schererville Showplace 16 and the Portage 16 IMAX, The Post-Tribune reported. The event’s following in the footsteps of the Metropolitan Opera, which through the simulcast company Fathom, has been broadcasting their productions in movie theaters in recent months.

Three elements make up a “This American Life” story. The first is a compelling central figure. The second, an interesting transition, twist or obstacle. “And at the end, it has to lead to some idea about the world that actually seems interesting and new,” Glass said. “It actually has to say something.” The stage show will primarily consist of segments from the TV series’ second season.

The trailer of the movie can be watched on youtube here.

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