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Aaron Wolfe


Words & Stories

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Aaron Wolfe


Words & Stories

About me

I was born in New York City. Then I had to move. I don't like talking about it. I do like talking about movies, books, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and things that make me nervous. I like talking about that last one so much that at the premier of my best-friend's documentary, I mentioned how unhappy with my work I was to the doc's editor. She said, "if you're unhappy now, you should try editing!" So I did. And she was right, editing is pretty unhappy-making. But I was good at it. It's fun to be good at something.

After what felt like 1,000 years of editing I realized that I didn't love the act of editing as much as I loved the art of telling a story.

But it was at my first Moth Storytelling show that everything changed. Seeing people construct extraordinary narratives out of ordinary lives was absolutely eye opening. A few weeks later I got up on stage to tell my first story and a few weeks after that I won my first StorySLAM. 

It soon became clear that at the nexus of film editing and storytelling was screenwriting. And so it happened that a few months later I wrote my first screenplay. 

My stories has been featured on NPR, The Moth Podcast, Risk! and countless shows around the country. And after a whirlwind year including an amazing festival run, my short film "Record/Play" was bought by Focus Features to be adapted into a feature film with Atlas Entertainment as producers.

The medium is sometimes different but the goal is always the same: tell important stories that make you smile sometimes, worry other times, and hopefully make everyone feel a little less alone on this planet. 

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WORDS


I grew up in a family of writers. My grandmother and great-aunt Ila smuggled their poetry out of the concentration camps and then wrote novels about the strain of memory and history. My father, a teacher and ex-radical, writes novels and long essays about the struggle to find sense in a world of fear and confusion. And I'm stuck with trying to live up to all that.

I write movies. I write essays. And sometimes, when I'm feeling particularly masochistic, I write short stories.

My movies are about golems, twisted families, time travel, terrifying women, and summer camp (hooray!). My essays are about soccer, family, and identity. And my short stories are mostly unfinished. But one was about a chess game and the end of the world; and although I thought I had lost it, the woman who would end up my wife saved the story for many years and presented it to me on our second first date.

She liked that story, I guess. 
 

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WORDS


I grew up in a family of writers. My grandmother and great-aunt Ila smuggled their poetry out of the concentration camps and then wrote novels about the strain of memory and history. My father, a teacher and ex-radical, writes novels and long essays about the struggle to find sense in a world of fear and confusion. And I'm stuck with trying to live up to all that.

I write movies. I write essays. And sometimes, when I'm feeling particularly masochistic, I write short stories.

My movies are about golems, twisted families, time travel, terrifying women, and summer camp (hooray!). My essays are about soccer, family, and identity. And my short stories are mostly unfinished. But one was about a chess game and the end of the world; and although I thought I had lost it, the woman who would end up my wife saved the story for many years and presented it to me on our second first date.

She liked that story, I guess. 
 

SCREENWRITING

The award-winning sci-fi love story that rocked the festival circuit and is now in feature development at Focus Features with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle, The Dark Knight) producing

If you're interested in reading my screenplays or talking about your favorite or least favorite movies you can get in touch here.

nonfiction

Harry Kane One of whose own?

The fighting cock 

When I was ten-years-old I'd spend my summer afternoons in the back yard playing what I called imagination games. Sometimes I'd be a police-officer catching bad guys, other times a miner on some futuristic planet (I read too much science-fiction). But most commonly I'd be a baseball player. (more...)

 

Grandpa's secret shoah

Tablet magazine

When my grandfather Leszek was alive, he’d tell stories of his life in Krakow before the war. About the times he played soccer with his grandmother’s neighbor, a boy named Karol who would eventually become Pope John Paul II. (more...)

I USed to be on the scene

used furniture review

I used to be on the scene. Not the capital "s" but the little one where the beer tasted good and people gathered in the back of the Mercury Lounge to hear a 20-something work out their nostalgia with a guitar. (more...

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Storytelling


Narrative is everywhere. From English Football to personal memoir we use narrative to explain the unexplainable, to define ourselves, to set us apart, and to connect us. 

I tell true stories from my life on stage. They're usually a little funny and a little sad. Kind of just like life.

I also teach storytelling. I've worked with victims of 9/11, recently incarcerated youth, and educators. 

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Storytelling


Narrative is everywhere. From English Football to personal memoir we use narrative to explain the unexplainable, to define ourselves, to set us apart, and to connect us. 

I tell true stories from my life on stage. They're usually a little funny and a little sad. Kind of just like life.

I also teach storytelling. I've worked with victims of 9/11, recently incarcerated youth, and educators. 

SOME OF MY FAVORITES

"The Wagon" - A story about racism, prison, and weed. This story has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour as well as their award winning podcast.

"Milking It" -- A story about the redemptive power of work and bull semen.

"Australian Emily" -- A story about balance, pain, and Jerusalem--the sexiest holy city.

"The Cult Of Andy" -- A story about knowing when it's time to just pack it up.

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Contact Me


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Contact Me


For film-related inquiries please contact: 

Josh Turner McGuire @ Underground Films
josh@undergroundfilms.net

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