It was October 2009 when I first learned about The Telling Project, an organization that found a different approach to connecting to the civilian population. The Telling Project gives Veterans a chance to take the stage and tell their stories of serving in and out of uniform. This past year The Telling Project decided to begin work on an Independent Film titled “In The Telling“, giving their audience the chance to learn the complete story of “Telling”.
“Telling” is defined by The Telling Project as an innovative performance in which military veterans and their family members, after interviews and subsequent training and rehearsal, stage the “telling” of their stories for their communities. In the film, “In The Telling“, we not only learn about the veterans who volunteered to share their stories, but we see how this all started in the summer of 2007 by Jonathan Wei (Creator). With the help of Director John Schmor and Co-author Max Rayneard, the University of Oregon would become the staging ground for the beginning of “Telling, Eugene”. After preparing for nearly a year, the 8 chosen veterans took to the stage and in 2008 “Telling, Eugene” was born.
In the film, we hear from Creator Jonathan Wei about the reason for creating The Telling Project, the steps taken to prepare veterans for the stage, and the importance of creating an opportunity for veterans to speak and their communities to listen. Co-author Max Rayneard digs deep with interview questions, to learn every bit he can about the veterans. Using his classroom at University of Oregon, Director Schmor takes the veterans under his wings, getting them to open up, relax and even make a fool of themselves as they work on taking the stage and perform in a way that would capture the audiences attention, and that they did.
“In The Telling” is an Independent Film that gives us a behind the scenes look at how The Telling Project was created. We learn about the veterans that make up “Telling, Eugene”, and today The Telling Project has performed through out 10 cities and even took the stage with 1st Lady Michelle Obama.
The Telling Project is an incredible organization that is helping to close the gap between the military and civilian community in a unique way. In the film “In The Telling” ,we get a behind the scenes look at how these veterans are using a different approach to share their stories with America. The Telling Project is performing all across America and has also teamed up with Veterans Artist Program to help propel veterans into the mainstream creative arts community.
Special Thanks to creator Jonathan Wei.