Hollywood on Seventh Avenue: Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleep Walk With Me”

A film directed by Mike Birbiglia, which is based on his eponymous stand-up act and his book, is set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival next month.

The  on Seventh Avenue was transformed into a movie set on Thursday.

Sleepwalk With Me,” directed by and starring Mike Birbiglia was wrapping up the last shots on Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Place before it premieres next month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 19.

The film, "Sleepwalk With Me," is based on his eponymous off-Broadway show and his book. His one-man stand-up performance opened in November 2008 at the Bleeker Street Theater in Manhattan.

The film stars Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose (HBO series “Six Feet Underand the movie “Can’t Hardly Wait”), James Rebhorn (“Independence Day,” “Sent of a Woman” and the TV series “Homeland”), Carol Kane (“The Princess Bride,” “Annie Hall,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Trees Lounge”), Cristin Milioti (TV series “30 Rock,” “The Sopranos,” and the movie “The Year of the Carnivore”) and Aya Cash (TV series, “Traffic Light” and “Winter of Frozen Dreams”).

The film is an autobiographically inspired fictional comedy. The story follows the life of a budding stand-up comic, played by Birbiglia, who is battling a stalled career, a relationship in a standstill and serious bouts of sleepwalking. The personal and passionate tale ties intimate agony and comedy.

His one-man show, which is no longer playing, tackled the same topics.

His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories came out in October 2010 and explored his rapid eye movement behavior syndrome, which resulted in him running out of a second-story motel room window while he was staying in Walla Walla, Washington while on tour.

This will be Birbiglia’s first big foray on the silver screen, for he had a small role in “Cedar Rapids” starring Ed Helms which came out in 2011.

Most of the film was shot in September and is almost complete, but still needed to get some "pick up shots" and "added scenes," according to a crewmember on the set.

“Sleepwalk With Me” was shot all over Brooklyn, including a couple scenes that took place in on Union Street near Fifth Avenue. 

Birbiglia has had three Comedy Central Presents specials and has appeared on late night shows such as David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien.

He has performed at Bonnaroo three times, Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Aspen U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

He is a regular contributor to radio programs like This American Life and The Bob and Tom Show

His new one-man show, “My Girlfriend’s Boy Friend,” hits the stage on January 20, 2012. 


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