Inspiring more men and boys to access their authentic selves and speak up in the face of violence against women, in partnership with A Call To Men
HUDSON VALLEY, NY -- (Thursday, January 25, 2018) On Friday, February 9th at 7pm, Kingston-based storytelling non-profit TMI Project will present Locker Room Talk, a group of true storytelling performances by a cast of Kingston High School football players, as part of its ongoing partnership with the nationally-acclaimed violence prevention organization A Call to Men. This live performance of Locker Room Talk serves as a sneak peak to the forthcoming documentary of the same name, which chronicles the players’ participation in a TMI Project memoir writing and storytelling workshop designed to confront a hyper-masculine culture--and redefine what it means to be men.
The goal of the Locker Room Talk collaboration between both the organizations is to inspire more men and boys to access their authentic selves and speak up in the face of violence against women. “Being able to talk to each other about what we’re really going through has made us all closer. It’s also helped to take a lot of stress away. I’ve learned that everyone is going through more than you know. Everyone, whether you can see it or not,” said Kingston High School participant Chapman Parker.
TMI Project co-founder and executive director Eva Tenuto elaborated on the mission of Locker Room Talk: “Having the permission and ability to share one’s own story impacts how men and boys perceive themselves, each other and women. The #MeToo movement has empowered women to unearth their stories. If boys and men also had a space to share, it would allow for a foundational shift in the way they relate to each other and to women.”
Stockade Works, Hudson Valley’s own state of the art film and tech production hub powered by actress Mary Stuart Masterson, has partnered with TMI Project to produce the Locker Room Talk documentary. "TMI Project’s methodology is effectively teaching a new generation of boys to be expressive, authentic and respectful of girls and women. Stockade Works is proud to be documenting the process so the message can be shared en masse to create real and lasting social change," said Masterson.
The storytelling performances will be preceded by a keynote speech by Tony Porter of A Call To Men. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.” Most recently, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Porter has been a featured speaker on The Today Show, NPR and Man Enough.
The student’s performances will be followed by a moderated discussion with the storytellers, TMI Project, and Tony Porter. The event is free and open to the public.
Locker Room Talk
Friday, February 9th
Doors Open at 6:30, Show at 7pm
Kingston High School Auditorium
403 Broadway Kingston, NY
To reserve tickets, visit: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236290
Click here for the Locker Room Talk preview.
ABOUT TMI PROJECT
TMI Project offers transformative memoir workshops and performances that invite storytellers and audience members to explore new perspectives. TMI Project envisions a world where true storytelling is an agent of change; where, through the sharing of radically candid, true, personal narratives, everyone—storytellers and listeners alike—can become empowered, release shame and stigma, and replace old understandings with new ones. We aim to incite social, legal, and political change by arming activists with the skills needed to be captivating storytellers, and by amplifying the voices of populations whose stories often go unheard.
Through true storytelling, TMI Project focuses the spotlight on stories told by people from marginalized populations, humanizing issues often overlooked by mainstream media. They also focus on the work of emerging and veteran activists and leaders, to document the way they are changing the world; stories that may not be recognized in history books but need to be heard and recorded for future generations.
Since 2010, TMI Project has led approximately 65 workshops and staged performances by nearly 1,400 participants, which have been presented to audiences of over 13,000 people in schools, colleges, prisons, mental health clinics, theaters, community centers, and the United Nations. Their workshops and performances are tailored to women and men of all ages and backgrounds.
ABOUT A CALL TO MEN
A CALL TO MEN works to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many other social ills. A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of masculinity, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls. A CALL TO MEN has 20+ years of experience working with and training men, from the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, to the United States Military, the Department of Justice and the United Nations. For more information, visit www.acalltomen.org. Follow A CALL TO MEN on Facebook and Twitter @acalltomen.
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