Act Social Film: Improv Comedians Heal the Divide

Sometimes You Gotta Improvise to Compromise…

Watch our trailer above, then pre-order your digital copy of the movie (available December 2020) to show your support!

From politics to medicine, Act Social explores the healing potential of applied improvisation.  Features famed improv comedian Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it, Anyway?

The principles of improv lead to hilarious comedy onstage but can they also be used to solve problems like depression, social anxiety, or conflict?  Applied improvisers belive the answer is “Yes!”

In our documentary film we show what happens when different kinds of people try improv: refugees, tragedy survivors, couples in counseling, even politicians (we think they could use it).

In Act Social, you will also meet improv teachers who work with communities in need, giving audiences a never-before-seen look at the possibilities improv can bring to real life.

THE TEAM

Filmmaker Sean A. Mulvihill leads a cast featuring famed improviser Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it, Anyway?, psychologist Barbara Tint, and several leading applied improv instructors and drama therapists like Nisha Sajnani of NYU, Bob Kulhan of Business Improv, Norm Laviolette of Improv Asylum, and Dr. Daniel J. Wiener, author of Rehearsals for Growth.

WHAT IMPROV IS

Our research indicates that most people don’t know what improv is or how you do it successfully.  Watch this video:

Improvisation consists of a number of principles or rules that can make a person highly successful in unpredictable situations.  The videos below demonstrate some of the main principles.

Relationship to failure:

Yes And:

YOU

Improv doesn’t take talent as much as it takes a commitment to the fundamental principles of improv: “yes and,” risk-taking, building on failure, listening, generosity, focus, and more.  All of the improv skills are acquired through fun and engaging games.  Want to give it a try?

We’ve already got a lot of great footage…soon we’ll be asking for your financial support to finish this film.

PLEASE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST SO THAT YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS GROUNDBREAKING PROJECT. 

QUICK FACTS

Act Social
A Documentary Feature film

Summary: In a selfish society where people “delete” whoever doesn’t agree with them, Act Social explores the healing potential of applied improvisation. Features famed improv comedian Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it, Anyway?

Project Kickstarter launches May 14: http://actsocialfilm.com/join

Starring: 

Colin Mochrie, Whose Line is it, Anyway?

Bob Kulhan, CEO, Business Improv

Gary Rudoren, Annoyance Theatre

Barbara Tint, President, Applied Improvisation Network

Dr. Daniel Wiener, Author, Rehearsals for Growth

Nisha Sajnani, Program Director, NYU School of Drama Therapy

Maria Hodermarska, Drama Therapist, Project Common Bond and NYU

Brad Fortier, Spontaneous Village

Andy Eninger, Second City

Norm Laviolette, Founder, Improv Asylum

Brendan Fitzpatrick, Tuesday’s Children

Dr. Mary Tyzkiewicz, Heroic Improv

Directed by
Sean A. Mulvihill

Kickstarter Successfully Funded!

“Your film is cool but…what’s in it for me?” We had some AMAZING rewards for backers of this campaign, some of which are still available, like the digital download film pre-order:

Choose a Version:

Read on for some highlights from our campaign:

Pledge $10 or more

Alphabet Scene Based on Your Name

Cast member(s) will record and perform an improvisation Alphabet Game scene based on your first and last name. The two characters in the scene must use the letters of your first and last name in order to start each line of dialogue. So for the name Sean it might go: “See my shorts?”  “Every time I see you in those Bermuda shorts, I think about Jamaica.”  “All those nights at the tiki bar”  “No worries, just mojitos and Elvis impersonators.” The first letter of each line spells out S-E-A-N. You’ll get a scene with your whole name!! You’ll also get your name in the credits and your name in the name game video.

Pledge $25 or more

Extended Edition Digital Download

You’ll be able to download and enjoy the feature film for as long as you live. Plus you’ll be the first to own the extended special features with tons of exclusive content including extended interview footage with our stars: Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” Barbara Tint of Applied Improvisation Network Bob Kulhan of Business Improv Andy Eninger of Second City Norm Laviolette of Improv Asylum Mick Napier of Annoyance Theatre Dr. Daniel J. Wiener, author of Rehearsals for Growth and more!

Pledge $50 or more

Online Solo Improvisation Training

This 2-video series from acclaimed Second City solo improv star, Andy Eninger, will focus on the solo improv skills that can get you up to speed as an autonomous, 1-person show! Andy’s solo show format, The Sybil, is famous worldwide and he coaches internationally for Second City as well.

Pledge $65 or more

Autographed copy of Getting to Yes And by Bob Kulhan

Bob will write a special inspirational message in the book especially for you. You’ll also get: Online Solo Improv Training, Extended Edition download, Alphabet Scene, Your Name in the Name Game, and Your Name in the Credits.

Pledge $65 or more

Autographed copy of Making Shit Up by Norm Laviolette, Improv Asylum CEO

Norm will write a special inspirational message in the book especially for you. You’ll also get: Online Solo Improv Training, Extended Edition download, Alphabet Scene, Your Name in the Name Game, and Your Name in the Credits.

Pledge $75 or more

E-Signed Director’s Cut Digital Download

This limited edition download will be “e-signed” and “doodled” by hand by the director using an Apple Pencil. He’ll include a special drawing and inspirational note just for you. This will contain a special director’s cut of the film and an exclusive blooper reel! Bob will write a special inspirational message in the book especially for you. You’ll also get: Online Solo Improv Training, Extended Edition download, Alphabet Scene, Your Name in the Name Game, and Your Name in the Credits.

Pledge $150 or more

Mentorship Call with Barbara Tint of AIN

Barbara is a trained improviser and the President of the Applied Improvisation Network–and she’ll be calling you to give you her expert input on…whatever you want to talk about! On this 1-hour call you can pick her brain about improv for conflict resolution or exchange ideas for creative projects. You’ll also get: 2 Premiere Tickets, Online Solo Improv Training, Extended Edition download, Alphabet Scene, Your Name in the Name Game, and Your Name in the Credits.

Pledge $125 or more

1 Hour Coaching Session with Rehearsals for Growth author Dr. Daniel J. Wiener 

Dr. Daniel J. Wiener has helped hundreds of couples and families with his Rehearsals for Growth modality, which uses improv games in family therapy. You’ll also get: 2 Premiere Tickets, Online Solo Improv Training, Extended Edition download, Alphabet Scene, Your Name in the Name Game, and Your Name in the Credits.

And more!