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Season 1 Bonus: Vicarious Resilience

In this special Season One bonus episode, TMI Project Podcast hosts Eva Tenuto and Micah Blumenthal join from soundproof pillow forts in their living rooms for their first virtual podcast recording about the making of TMI Project’s award-winning documentary short, Vicarious Resilience. This episode features nine storytelling performances from the true storytelling workshop featured in the film.

Episode Notes:

This is a Bonus Episode for Season One of The TMI Project Story Hour, Tragedy + Time = Comedy. It was created to celebrate the May 1st, 2020 online release of Vicarious Resilience. This episode was produced by Hayley Downs in partnership with Radio Kingson.

The docu-short Vicarious Resilience follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week TMI Project true storytelling workshop held in partnership with The Mental Health Association in Ulster County (MHA) as they experience the transformative power of true storytelling; they face mental illness, childhood neglect, and addiction head-on; and, ultimately, share deeply personal stories about love, loss, and triumph. In this bonus episode, we share all ten stories that came out of the workshop.

Since 2012, twice a year, TMI Project has offered 10-week memoir writing and true storytelling workshops specially tailored to meet the needs of MHA’s population of adults with mental illness. Our partnership with this peer-based organization–where a portion of the staff are people who have recovered from mental illness–is designed to help destigmatize mental illness, while also empowering participants to imagine and work toward the possibility of their own recovery.

The documentary was shot by North Guild Films and premiered locally at The Rosendale Theater on May 29th, 2018.


To learn more about Vicarious Resilience and to sign-up to host a screening of the film, visit

The Mental Health Association in Ulster County:

North Guild Films:

Episode Contributors:

Eva Tenuto
Micah Blumenthal
Hayley Downs
Sara DeRose
Blake Pfeil
Barbara Stemke
Susan Grove
Morris Bassik
Kate McCoy
Allie Quinn
Beth Broun
Anastasia Wasko
Amber Hadigan
Edison Woods
Nate Brogan
Ida Hakkila
Marlan Barry
Manuel Blas
Ida Hakkila


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