Listening is an Act of Love (Short)

Directors: Mike and Tim Rauch
Year: 2013
Running Time: 22 minutes

The first-ever animated feature from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. Listening is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special presents six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, where everyday people sit down together to ask life’s important questions and share stories from their lives. Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his 9-year-old nephew, Benji, animated in the inimitable style of The Rauch Brothers. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. StoryCorps’ original animated shorts series features some of their best-loved radio stories.

2013 Annie Award – Best Animated Special Production – Nominated