After presenting monthly storytelling events in a small bar on the Lower East Side for the past four years, the Red Umbrella Project is producing a feature-length documentary film about seven LGBTQ sex worker storytellers as they prepare for the biggest performance of their lives, a night at Joe’s Pub in NYC. The performers will tell true stories about their experiences in front of an audience of over 200 people and as they prepare for the big night they’ll share intimate portraits of their lives, all documented by an Emmy Award winning film crew. We are currently editing the film and planning on a spring 2015 premiere.
A note on the Red Umbrella Diaries monthly events: We have had the honor of producing monthly events at Happy Ending on the Lower East Side since 2009. At our show on September 5, 2013 we learned that the bar would be closing. We decided not to seek another venue for a monthly event. Instead, we will be producing events several times a year (at least quarterly, probably more often) at bars, bookstores, and community centers around NYC to celebrate new issues of our literary journal Prose & Lore, and other events too. For more info on this decision, read our Tumblr post.