Here Now Festival 2021

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Here Now Festival 2021

HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances; multi-voiced, classic radio drama; experimental narrative; and much more. This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many genres of audio fiction and sound art storytelling in theaters and other “listening” venues throughout the Country Club Plaza and Westport communities in Kansas City, MO. The Festival presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic, and technological innovation.

The HEAR Now Festival is a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared. In addition, the Festival exposes its audiences to recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas.

The Festival’s live and recorded programming bring together invited Guest Artists and registered participants in shows that vary from classic radio to sound art installations. Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live storytelling, including spoken word, sketches, and poetry are all featured.

Important also to  HEAR Now‘s programming are academic level presentations focusing on audio art and storytelling, with an eye toward contemporary media outlets for work produced. These are offered as moderated discussions and panels to encourage an exchange of ideas between artists.

Workshops presented by invited faculty, whose award-winning skills, offer performers, producers, and podcasters registered in these master classes, tools needed to grow their performance, production, and marketing and distribution abilities.

HEAR Now  is a truly immersive experience in all aspects of the art and craft of audio fiction and sound art storytelling.

June 27 2021
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Date: June 27
Recurring: June 24th - 27th
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  • 1:00pm - Podcast Palooza Launch w/Steven Brown
  • 2:00pm - Performance: Mark Twain Narrators w/Alice Anne English
  • 3:00pm - Introducine Norman Corwin w/Richard Fish
  • 4:00pm - NATF Playhouse: Mercury 101 Max O'Brien Saves the World
  • 6:00pm - Panel: Understanding and Using Foley w/Larry the O and Tony Brewer
  • 7:00pm - Innovating Audio Drama in the New Golden Age w/Fred Greenhalgh
  • 8:00pm - Performance: Lady Sherlock and the Lady in Red
  • 9:00pm - Performance: Tex X and the Cattle Prodders
  • 10:00pm - Panel: Fears for Your Ears - Producing Audio Horror Fiction
  • 11:00pm - After Party
  • 9:00am - NATF Playhouse: Rapunzel
  • 10:00am - NATF Playhouse: Mercury 232 - Hope is a Hard Thing to Let Go of
  • 1:00pm - Hear Learn Workshop 102: Pitch Panel Rehearsal
  • 2:00pm - Performance: Mark Twain Narrators
  • 4:50pm - NATF Playhouse: Mercury 505 - Games People Play
  • 6:00pm - Panel: Off Mic - Developing & Producing for Greek Culture Podcasts
  • 7:00pm - Independent Audiobook Awards
  • 8:00pm - Performance: Between Americans 2021
  • 9:00pm - Talkback: Between Americans 2021
  • 9:30pm - Performance: Pandemics Through the Ages
  • 11:00pm - After Party
  • 9:00am - Performance: The Velveteen Rabbit
  • 10:00am - Private Coaching (booked in advance) w/June Kampfner
  • 11:00am - Panel: Navigating SAG Contract
  • 1:00pm - Panel Earplay & Friends: Making Audio Theater Interactive with Voice
  • 2:00pm - NATF Playhouse: Mercury 870 Hostis Humani Generis
  • 3:00pm - Hear Learn Workshop 102: Producers Pitch Panel
  • 4:00pm - NATF Playhouse: Mercury 901 A Full Rich Day
  • 6:00pm - Panel: Budgeting Audio Fiction
  • 7:00pm - Roundtable: The Future of Diversity & Inclusion at NATF
  • 8:00pm - Performance: Audio Tonight! Breakfast Anytime Improv
  • 9:30pm - Performance: Audio Tonight! Tony Brewer & Urban Deer
  • 10:00pm - Performance: Audio Tonight! Shakesport III First Players Part 1
  • 10:30pm - Performance: Audio Tonight! Late Night at Sam's, a Hard-boiled Detective Monologue
  • 11:00pm - After Party
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 27th
  • 9:00am - Panel: Big Finish Productions Audie Winner & Finalist
  • 10:00am - NATF Performance: Audie Finalist - Facebook Chit-a-Long
  • 10:30am - NATF Performance: Audie Finalist - The Ernie Pyle Experiment Ep. 2
  • 10:55am - NATF Performance: Mercury 127 What a Pain
  • 11:00am - Short Form Audio Production Workshop Showcase
  • 12:00pm - Panel: Platinum Producers Panel
  • 2:00pm - Panel: Interactive Audio is...Different
  • 3:00pm - NATF Playhouse: IU Theater - Waycross
  • 4:00pm - Innovations in Storytelling (Closing) - New Arcadia
  • 5:00pm - Closing Ceremony
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