2016 ITT Fest lineup

MC MATT SHEPHERD

Matt Shepherd is a filmmaker, YouTuber, actor, and activist for men with eating disorders and mental health awareness. Matt posts weekly content to his YouTube channel MEET MATT SHEP, while producing film and online content for his company, What up Bruh Productions . He continues to be a guest speaker and performer regarding his experience as a man in eating disorder recovery, healthy male empowerment, and mental health.

PODCASTS

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly conversation between   a guest and comedian/host Paul Gilmartin, focusing on the battles we have in our heads and the damage we feel. From medically diagnosed conditions to everyday compulsive negative thinking. This podcast is not a substitute for professional mental help, it's more like a waiting room that doesn't suck.                                                                                                                                                              

  • “A perversely safe place in which he and his guests talk about their fears, addictions and traumatic childhoods.” – NY Times

  • “Normalizes what so many others feel but have been too fearful or ashamed to express…remarkable” – Psychology Today


COMEDY

BETH STELLING 6:15pm - 6:30pm

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She has appeared on Conan, @midnight, Chelsea Lately, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Beth is currently a staff writer for Judd Apatow's new HBO series Crashing starring Pete Holmes. In December 2015, a post on Beth's Instagram went viral when she opened up about rape and abuse from her ex-boyfriend. Big ups to Beth for her bravery.

 

MORTIFIED 6:30PM - 7:05PM

Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives.

Hailed a “cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show (twice), and beyond, Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.


MUSIC

DEQN SUE 8PM - 8:40PM

Deqn Sue describes her music as socially conscious, alternative pop. She is an up-and-coming musician whose song "Blood Monster" was featured in Season 4 of Orange Is The New Black. Deqn rose above a crowd of close to 7,000 entries and almost won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest in 2015. She advocates for people to fulfill their life's purpose and potential.

KIMYA DAWSON 9PM - 9:30PM

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches.    She has released 6 solo albums, and has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and the NY Times.

“Kimya Dawson straddles the line between precious and profound”.- Rolling Stone

“a veteran of the scrappy anti-folk circuit, with stream of consciousness songs that balance the caustic and the childlike”- NY Times

 

DANIEL JOHNSTON 9:55PM - 11PM

Daniel Johnston has spent the last 20 or so years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. A number of artists -- among them the Dead Milkmen, Yo La Tengo, the Velvet Underground's songs. And he as collaborated with the likes of Jad Fair (a founding member of Half Japanese, who've also done Daniel's songs), the Butthole Surfers, Bongwater/Shimmydisc guru Kramer, and members of Sonic Youth. Daniel gained his widest public exposure to date when, at the 1992 MTV Music Awards, Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain (who constantly touted Daniel in interviews) wore a Johnston T-shirt.

Daniel was the subject of the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Johnston has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.