HEAR Now – A Festival for AUDIO Lovers

Visit: http://www.hearnowfestival.org for additional information

HEAR Now: Audio Fiction & Arts Festival returns to Kansas City June 8-11, 2017, for its 5th annual 4-day weekend.

Like a good film festival, HEAR Now features panels of producers and artists showcasing their work, an annual “Audio Forum” blending audio fiction and storytelling with other disciplines in an immersion experience of audio arts. You won’t believe your ears!

Country singer songwriter Kasey Lansdale (daughter of author Joe R. Lansdale) will be available to discuss Wondery’s podcast, featuring her new horror tale – Blind Love. Simon Jones will perform a brand new Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

“It’s the only festival of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to the art of recorded and live audio storytelling in all its many genres and forms,” says HEAR Now Festival Director Cynthia Allen. “This is a chance to educate your ears and your imagination.”

INNOVATIONS opens the Festival at the Kansas City Public Library’s Truman Auditorium on Thursday, June 8th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

HEAR Now also offers hands-on training in production and story-telling. Dramatic Podcast Workshop 101, led by former NPR anchor Frank Stasio and playwright Howard Craft, focuses on creating new original short fiction.

The NATF Playhouse showcases productions in a high-quality listening environment. The show runs through Friday, June 9th.

It closes with a retrospective of Simon Jones’ more than 40-year career as a voice artist, beginning with Arthur Dent in the first-ever Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and ending with special new audio treats.

For more information visit http://www.hearnowfestival.org. Questions? Email hearnowfestival@gmail.com.

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  1. Ironically I started working with NATF back in 1994 when Sue Zizza asked me to be an editor and trainer. Later I began helping with mixing the shows and, eventually, roped a colleague, of mine, Kyle Harris, into doing the live sound for the audience, We both, finally, ended up mixing the shows together, for radio and recording, for a few years. I haven’t been part of this event for many years now, not since their move to KC. It was a whirlwind of activity for a few intense days preparing for the live performance at the end of those days. During that time scripts were chosen, voice actors and directors were picked from the attendees, rehearsals and workshops pulled off, and all within about 5 or 6 days. Since I was a big fan, from boyhood, of old radio programs, this was an opportunity for others to see how these shows, of old, were done back in the day. I sometimes really miss it but both my mix partner, and I, had become quite busy with our own separate projects and had to stop, almost at the same time, participating. He passed away, suddenly, 1 1/2 years ago and I’m in the middle of gathering his studio gear together for sale at the request of his wife. I miss Kyle even more than NATF.

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