By: Michael Pope
BY: SEAN BAUER
BY: ARVEE PAJARILLO
The goal of our documentary is to understand the appeal of open mic nights and to explore the audience members and performers who attend them. Our approach is very observational. We are outsiders trying to understand the communities that are involved with these events. We will hear the perspectives of performers and audience members. There will be footage of three different types of performers: A poet, a musician, and a comedian.
Structurally the movie will start with the poet’s performance and transition to an interview with the poet. Then the same thing will happen with the musician, and again with the comedian. As a conclusion we will tie all three performers together. We would like to understand the personal stories of those who are passionate about open mic performances.
Topics for Discussion:
What motivates you to want to perform at open mic nights?
Are the audience members always respectful?
Do you think the community should be more involved with open mic nights? Why?
What do you think is the most common misconception about open mic nights?
Have you ever had an experience at an open mic that you don’t think you could have had anywhere else?
We recently read a study at a high school that showed that 97% of the students participating in its open mic night suffered from deep-seated psychological issues such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Do you think that study was flawed or that open mic nights naturally attract mentally unstable people?